Blue Like Jazz

2012 PG-13 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

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Blue Like Jazz

2012 PG-13 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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Life in a devout family has given Don a unique view of religious hypocrisy, so when choosing a college, he picks "the most godless campus in America." This rebellion against his upbringing changes Don, often in ways he never sees coming.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Blue Like Jazz, which was based on a semi-autobiographical book by Donald Miller, is a coming-of-age story about a religious teen who chooses to attend a very liberal college. The school is shown as being free-spirited and full of bad/odd behavior, though the movie doesn't show anything extreme. Characters think and talk about sex quite often (though there's no nudity); language includes "s--t," "bitch," and more. Underage drinking and drug use (pot) are fairly prevalent; overindulgence is portrayed as comic.

Sexual Content

Characters are definitely thinking about sex, and there's strong flirting and innuendo, though no nudity or kissing. A giant condom is used in a prank. A character is said to be pregnant.


Occasional mild verbal conflicts and arguments. The main characters are arrested for painting graffiti on a billboard.


Fairly strong language includes "s--t," "bitch," "dumb," "hell," "retards," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," and "idiot."

Social Behavior

Blue Like Jazz's message is a bit mixed. It starts out by making fun of religion for being hypocritical but eventually seems to say that religion and spirituality still have much to offer people on a very personal level.


The main character drinks Red Bull during his drive to school. Several cans spill from his car when he arrives. He owns a Dell computer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

College students are shown overindulging quite often -- drinking beer and other alcohol, eating pot brownies, etc. One character chews tobacco. References to being drunk and high. The hero works in a factory that makes little individual packets of communion wine (they look like blood); viewers see several of these packets, and characters are seen drinking them.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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