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Blue Like Jazz | 2012 | PG-13 | - 4.3.4

A young man raised as a Southern Baptist is preparing to leave home and go to a religious college to study writing. When he becomes disillusioned by the people he trusted most in his life, he takes a different turn and learns about life outside religion at a non-religious college. With Marshall Allman, Jason Marsden, Tania Raymonde, Claire Holt, Justin Welborn and William McKinney. Directed by Steve Taylor. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman comes out of a trailer wearing a T-shirt (her bare legs to the hip are shown) and it is implied that she and an older man have had sex (a professor/student relationship). A young man sits on another young man's lap and kisses him (it's not implied to be sexual).
 We see a man doing landscaping outside a woman's home and he removes his shirt (we see his bare chest). A young man takes off his clothes for a young woman to wash and we see him bare-chested and wearing boxer shorts. A young woman at a party is shown wrapped in a sheet (presumably nude underneath and we see her bare shoulders). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. An animated sequence shows a female carrot with cleavage. Three young men march through a college campus area wearing only diapers (bare chests, backs and legs are seen). A young man is shown wearing only jockey shorts (his bare chest and abdomen are visible). A young woman wears a short top that reveals her tattooed bare abdomen.
 A young man dressed in a rabbit costume tackles a young woman dressed in a carrot costume. An animated sequence shows a voluptuous female carrot being ogled by a presumably male rabbit.
 A man talks about a boy telling him that a priest raped him. A young man walks a young woman to her dorm room, she says goodnight and he tries to go into the room, she tells him to leave and he does. A man enters a young man's dorm room, wakes the young man and tells him "There's a Lesbian in your bed." A young woman enters a young man's dorm room and climbs into bed with him (she is troubled because the young woman that she likes is not gay); she asks if she can stay the night and he asks jokingly if they can have sex (in crude terms), she says no, they talk and he holds her. A young woman cries and says of another young woman, "She's straight and she doesn't even experiment," and then "I love her." A young woman talks about another young woman in romantic terms. A man dressed in a Pope outfit stands near a structure in the shape of a penis and distributes condoms while saying "Herpes is forever." A woman tells her adult son that she is pregnant with a married man's child. We hear a phone message left for a woman and it sounds romantic; her adult son overhears the message and becomes alarmed that his mother might be having a relationship with a man. A young woman warns a young man that he needs to closet his religion if he ever wants to have sex without paying for it. A young man asks another young man if he's "getting any action." A young man talks about another young man's mother having sex with a landscape maintenance person and describes how he would "take off his shirt all slow..." Two young women talk about a woman breastfeeding a pig.
 We see a large, phallic shaped cover placed over a church steeple and a sign at the doorway that reads, "Don't let these people reproduce." A bumper sticker reads, "Abstinence makes the church grow toddlers."
 A young woman ogles other young women in a few scenes. " A young man realizes that his mother is having an affair with the youth pastor of his church.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young man with a tire iron pounds on the back window of a car (it does not break) and then kicks the bumper (it falls off). A young man and a young woman deface a billboard with spray paint; they are arrested and we see them in a prison cell. A man burns books in a few scenes. We see a manger scene outside a church with an empty bed where the baby Jesus should be and a sign that reads "Put Christ back in Christmas." A young man uses a plastic sword to break open a piñata in the shape of a cross and small cups of wine are strewn on the floor around several children.
 We see a tent set up on a campus and people are taken in for treatment after drinking too much; a young woman talks about someone being dehydrated. A young man vomits after getting drunk (we see him heaving). A young man vomits after drinking too much (we see the goo). A pre-teen girl vomits a white liquid (we see the spray) and a man asks, "Who wants more sugar." A young man chews tobacco and spits the juice and some of the tobacco in a cup that he then places back on an assembly line. We hear that a nun drank from the cup that a young man had spit his tobacco juice in and that she became very sick from it.
 A young man wakes up in a port-o-potty and cannot get out; he pounds on the walls and screams for help until someone on the outside rolls the unit over and the young man crawls out (he is smeared with dirt or feces). A young man urinates in a urinal (we hear the trickle), two young women enter the bathroom, and one enters a stall and the other urinates in the stall next to the young man (we hear the trickle).
 Someone dressed in a bear costume steals a young man's bike, and he chases the bear on the bike until the bear throws the bike off a bridge and into water below. A young man jumps off a stage and into the arms of people below (no one is harmed).
 Several young men and women disguised as robots invade a large bookstore and try to convince customers that they shouldn't buy books there. A man talks about a boy telling him that a priest raped him. We hear about an earthquake in India killing 16,000 people. A young woman asks if a young man participated in burning flags at a gay soldier's funeral. A man performs a marionette skit for several children in church and says that the puppet is sad because he "heard about what happened on the cross." Several people tell a young man not to "get brainwashed." A man makes a snide remark about a young man getting a "preaching degree." A man asks a young man "How did God mess you up?" A man dressed in a Pope costume tells a young man to "Go with dog." A man talks about Christianity being the Taliban in training. A young woman talks about conditions in India and poverty. A man tells his adult son that college is cheaper than having him kidnapped and deprogrammed. A young woman talks about her mother getting sick and that she hears and sees things.
 A young man throws a ball for a dog and the second time the ball bounces over a cliff (the dog goes to the edge and whimpers).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 9 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (sucker, nerd babes, chicks, pot head, cook, fat, wacko, hateful bullying tribe, freak, coward, hypocrite, racist, inbred, retards, "gashole" is painted on a car), exclamations (shut up), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a young man eat brownies laced with something (they do not specify), and a man talks about being under the influence of PCP. A young man vomits after getting drunk, a man drinks a beer and offers one to a young man (he declines), a man and a young man drink shots of something and scream, two young men are shown playing "cocktail tennis" where they each drink cocktails while playing tennis, two young men drink beer, a young man holds a bottle of alcohol and drinks from it, a young man talks about having a "beer buzz" and a "holiday hangover," three empty beverage cans fall out of a young man's car and one is a Red Bull (the others are not clear), and a bumper sticker has something about Jesus and being drunk written on it. A young man chews tobacco in a few scenes, and a young woman puts a cigarette in her mouth (we do not see her light it).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Piety, betrayal, religion, faith, being free, confession, angels, jazz, resolution, individuality, hate, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, civil disobedience, consumerism, corporate greed, bi-curiosity, fate, people are flawed, does God exist, existential crises, loneliness, Christianity, forgiveness, superiority, hope, being bad, culture war, the human dilemma, Mormonism, archetype vs. stereotype.

MESSAGE - Finding your way is a challenge. Make what you will out of your religion.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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