The Christian movie Blue Like Jazz — in which the main character dabbles in the secular/liberal world before coming back to Jesus — is currently being shown at select locations around the country.
The Christian review site Movieguide isn’t happy with the movie at all.
Some of their problems with it? (***Update***: Rieux rightly points out in the comments that the following items are listed on the site as simply elements of the movie and not necessarily criticisms of it. My mistake. Still, the fact that these things stand out to the reviewers at all — and the way many are worded — suggest to me that the reviewers have some sort of problem with some of the items.)
- “woman’s Episcopal church and its pastor are shown in a positive light despite attacks against them”
- “woman quotes Mother Theresa in a positive light”
- “upper male nudity, man wears a dress”
- “light brief violence includes beating on car window and trying to damage car, man comically shoves people off a stage, man burns books”
- “22 obscenities (mostly “s” and “h” words), two or three profanities, blasphemy, implied urinating, vomiting, scatological humor, and comments on breast feeding and sexual parts of people’s bodies”
- “sexual content includes… references to real condoms”
Even though the movie is rated PG-13, Movieguide thinks it’s only acceptable for “older teenagers to adults.”
Must be that “implied urinating.” Because, as we all know, Christians don’t urinate.
Also, what’s the “H” word? Hell?! Christians say that all the time — so what’s the deal here? When it’s not used to condemn atheists, it’s suddenly not ok?
Movieguide ends the review with some advice:
Instead of watching BLUE LIKE JAZZ, moviegoers should read or re-read some books on Christian apologetics, Christian history, and American history. Such books will help them defend their faith, overcome evil with good, defend the United States from leftist utopian tyranny and revisionist history, and stand upon the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
Hmm… now, I kinda want to see the movie. Movieguide must be working with the film’s producers on some weird, reverse-psychological ad campaign…