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A Jazzman's Blues

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United States · 2022
2h 7m
Director Tyler Perry
Starring Ryan Eggold, Amirah Vann, Milauna Jackson, Austin Scott
Genre Crime

Bayou and Leanne are two teenagers living in the Deep South in the 1940s. They fall in love, but their romance is forbidden by Leanne's mother. The two split, and though fate brings them together once again, outside forces continue to wish them apart.

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At its core, A Jazzman’s Blues is a soap opera full of shocking secrets, emotional confrontations, and one exceedingly satisfying slap.The mystery aspects are thin; anyone with passing knowledge of Black American history can infer early on who was killed, why, and by whom.


The Hollywood Reporter by Lovia Gyarkye

A Jazzman’s Blues is overindulgent, a narrative feast of twists and turns. The formidable work of the cast paces us, helping viewers digest the plot and saving Perry’s screenplay from the collateral damage of its broad scope.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

A Jazzman’s Blues overflows with melodrama, yet it isn’t staged broadly. It’s closer to Perry’s version of a Douglas Sirk film, one that takes a romance and heightens it until the complications are growing and twisting around it like vines.


The Playlist by Robert Daniels

A Jazzman’s Blues is a passion project that climbs close to the edge of becoming self-indulgent fodder. The film is never as deep as it thinks it is. Nor is it terribly original either. But for Perry, this is a massive change. And while you shouldn’t praise a director for merely trying. Perry does more than try with “A Jazzman’s Blues.” He finally shows that he’s not a one-trick pony.

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