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

Do you know the difference

between being free

and being high?

Neither do I.

Back in Texas, I knew everything.

Because I'm from Texas.

But that was before

any of this happened.

It was a writing class

in junior college.

We were studying

the elements of story...

The acronym spells "sucker,"

sort of.

If you grew up in the setting of Houston

believing the Astrodome

was visible from space,

you, like me, are a sucker.

If your parents have a conflict

and your pothead father says,

"I'll never leave you, little man,"

you, like me, are a sucker.

And if it takes you 19 years of Sundays

to figure this out,

you, like me,

are a Southern Baptist.

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Hey, your mom asked me

to church on Sunday.

Something about going-away ceremony?

You want to come to that?

I do if I'm sitting next to your mom.

Aw, here we go.

She ain't cheatin' on me, is she?

Uh, these jokes never get old, Jordan.

No. I bet it's that Mexican gardener.

I seen him weed-whacking

outside your apartment,

taking his shirt off all slow,

like in the movies.

Like if there's a sprinkler on him.

Okay. I get the picture.

Hey, he's cute, man.

If I was your mom,

all hot and sex-starved,

I'd let him pop my tart.

Hey, party tonight at my house.

Wine, cheese, hot babes,

not that you'd be interested.

Ah, I got a thing at church.

Of course. Just 'cause you live there

doesn't mean you shouldn't

get out once in a while.

It's the junior high lock-in, man.

It goes all night.

Come on, bro. How we gonna celebrate

your last day on the job?

Ha ha! Follow me. Come on.


Jordan, come on, man!

We're in our street clothes!

You're gonna get us busted.

My best friend Don,

at the end of the line.


Ha ha! Texas tea, brother.

Dude, not cool. Bro.

Oh, you want to dance?

- Seriously.

- Look at you.

- Don't mess around.

- Who said Baptists can't dance?

Jordan, I'm gonna

make you drink that.

I drink it all the time, bro.

Confess your sins to each other,

and pray for each other

so that you may be healed.

So does anybody need to be healed?

All right, now why don't we focus

on where it says,

"confess your sins."

Does anybody have anything

they need to confess? Anybody?

My family went to the beach,

and my dad took me out,

and a huge wave knocked me

out of his arms,

and he couldn't find me and stuff.

He actually saw something pick me up

out of the water and take me to him.

No way.

I've had experiences with angels.

It's awesome.

Ohh! Ohh!

Who wants more sugar?

Okay. All right.

Keep going. Keep going.

It's still going? Must be some party.

Who all's there?


Tons of girls.

Sorry, Jordo.

I'd come cheer you up,

but right after this,

I got breakfast with The Hobo.

Call you later.

I gotta go at 6:

- You bring my communion cups?

- Factory fresh.

- They for tonight?

- Shh, shh.

When you find out,

it's gonna blow your mind.

So... got your car packed

- for the big, bad university?

- Yep.

Don't let 'em brainwash you, Donny.

Well, it is a Baptist college.

Yeah, but it's gotten way more liberal now.

I mean, when I used to go there,

the girls still had to wear heels,

keep their knuckles

from dragging the ground.

Don't tell my wife I said that.

All right, who wants Kool-Aid?!


You've been listening.

Yeah, when I'm not in the mood

for music, I put on jazz.

Life is like jazz, son.

Never resolves.

You get the going-away

present I sent you?

I read a few chapters.

- You guys still friends?

- Oh, yeah.

He just bought 30 acres

up in, uh, Oregon.

He's a good writer

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