Blue Like Jazz

Synopsis: Disenchanted by the church and his devout Christian mother, 19 year-old Donald escapes Texas for the liberal Northwest and attends Reed College at the urging of his secular father. At Reed College, Don finds that his classmates, from all walks of life, are more anti-religious and anti-everything than he was prepared for. In an attempt to fit in, and more importantly, in an attempt to find himself, Don joins an activist group which forces him to question what he really believes in.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Steve Taylor
Production: Roadside Attractions
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

for being full of crap.

Went to a good school.

Ever heard of Reed College?

Know what the average

IQ score is at Reed?

You want a beer?

I won't tell Jesus.

No, thanks.

So he's still connected at the school,

and when he told me

he could pull a few strings,

I, um...

You what?

I got you in, Donny,

at Reed.

You enrolled me?

For this term?

That's not how it works.

Well, took some finagling.

Even had to send 'em a deposit.

I already got a scholarship,

Trinity Baptist.

So you can get

a preaching degree

and make your mom happy?

A brain like that

working for a church?

You only believe that stuff 'cause you're

afraid to hang out with people who don't.

I'm going for the writing program.

Well, then go somewhere

they don't hand you the script

and tell you to copy it.

You hear that?

That's free-form.


Write your own damn story,

or that kook mom of yours

will write it for you.

Don't call her that.

Yeah, or I'll be "left behind", right?

Come on. Let me do this

for you, Donny.

Why now?

It's cheaper than having you

kidnapped and deprogrammed.

All those years you were

dodging child support...

our church paid for the groceries.

- Who's that one?

- Intern.

Thought you were on sabbatical.

That's why I only have one.

You want me to introduce you?

You got a girlfriend yet?

Hey, Lindsey,

my Baptist son here

needs some tutoring.


Here comes Sunday morning.

You know what works

great with sunrise?

A Love Supreme, John Coltrane.

Pushes the sun right

out of the earth, huh?

They have no regard for Jesus.

These people have no regard

for common sense.

They hate Christianity.

Some of this they learn in the homes...

Good morning, Mama.

Rise and shine.

- What time is it?

- It's almost 8:

I'll take the first shower.

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