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Colma: The Musical (2006)

Jake Moreno , H.P. Mendoza , Richard Wong  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Moreno, H.P. Mendoza, L.A. Renigen, Sigrid Sutter, Brian Raffi
  • Directors: Richard Wong
  • Writers: H.P. Mendoza, Richard Wong
  • Producers: Paul Kolsanoff, Richard Wong, Angel Vasquez, Nguyen Tran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Colma: The Musical" on IMDb

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An enchanting musical film that captures the comedy and drama of coming of age in the shadow of a great city. Richard Wong directs this film starring Jake Moreno and H.P. Mendoza.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this 3 times in the theater and had to get the DVD November 21, 2007
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We saw "Colma The Muscial" 3 times in the theater -- it was that good! Loved the catchy tunes (still listen to the CD regularly) and moving story line. Anybody who is a Bay Area local will appreciate the inside jokes, but even if you aren't.. you will enjoy this if you like musicals and are looking for something just a little different. Get it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Zanily AWESOME Movie! December 10, 2007
I saw this movie in theatrical release - it is completely awesome! Great songs, great acting. Hilarious, bawdy, real and stylized. An AMAZING accomplishment for the filmmakers. Bought the CD too. Now it's time to buy the DVD.

Whatever you do - see this movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There's a simple emotional acuity at the heart of this 2007 coming-of-age musical. True, at a poverty row budget of $15,000, it has the production values of a direct-to-hotel porn movie, but first-time director Richard Wong and first-time screenwriter, songwriter and co-lead H.P. Mendoza manage to make something substantive from the tired premise of three close friends just out of high school and still reeling from painful romantic breakups and experiencing the social alienation that makes their respective roads to self-discovery bumpy ones. The acting feels stilted and the music rather derivative, but the film somehow makes it to the finish line through its honesty about how life is for social outcasts living in San Francisco's suburban necropolis. It's all the more forgivable for the enthusiastic effort that shows.

Shot on digital video in the real town of Colma, the movie opens with the three leads singing the Rent-inspired rave-up, "Colma Stays", which describes the anonymous small town with clever imagery. Lanky Jake Moreno plays Billy, the most inchoate of the trio, an aspiring actor who not only lands a sales job at the mall (Serramonte for all you SF locals) but also a supporting role in a local community theater production. He can't seem to get over his ex-girlfriend much to the chagrin of not only a smitten fellow actress but also close pal Maribel. With a cheery spark masking an uncertain melancholy, the cherubic L.A. Renigen makes party girl Maribel the earthbound glue holding the trio together just barely. Her shining moment comes with "Crash the Party", a dead ringer for
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to see this! November 21, 2007
Saw this in it's limited release. Loads of fun, great songs. Modern coming of aging movie. Talked to some college kids and they thought it was right on target. Give it a shot, you will not be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colma is a wonderful place to visit . . . January 24, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Very simple premise: three friends--two guys and a girl, one guy is gay and they've recently graduated from high school--live in Colma (just outside of San Francisco) and hang out together and break into song now and then. The musical score by H.P. Mendoza (who also wrote the film and stars as the gay character) is what makes the film so unique. The songs are catchy and fun and a joy to listen to. And the young cast (Mr. Mendoza, Jake Moreno and L.A. Renigen) sing them with such energy, it's infectious to watch. I fell in love with this movie, and I hope you do, too. I can't wait to see what Mr. Mendoza does next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Mania January 17, 2008
If you like 'Musicals'! if you like a 'Querky' sence of humor! and if you love the younger cross culture sound of music!!!.! You'll just love this 'Colma'-nation of coming of age, growing wiser, and growing apart; together. It's the ultimate in smalltown living near big cities, only fitting in in a halfassed sort of way. You'll enjoy following this threesome in a 'Menage Tios' into individual futures.!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars charming coming-of-age musical June 20, 2009
What would it be like to grow up in a town where the dead outnumber the living by a ratio of more than a-thousand-to-one? That's the case with Colma, a working-class community located just south of San Francisco that is more notable for its vast cemeteries than for anything related to the folk who actually live there. Dubbed The City of the Dead, Colma has a population of around 1500 above ground but over a million-and-a-half below, with roughly 75% of the town's land given over to tombstones and gravesites. That hardly seems the ideal setting for a movie musical, but then "Colma: The Musical" is not your average, run-of-the-mill, afraid-to-take-a-risk movie. Thankfully.

Three of the live people who call Colma home are Billy (Jake Moreno), an aspiring actor who`s so straight-arrow he`s never even had a drink; Rodel (H.P. Mendoza, who also co-wrote the screenplay), a gay prankster who fears coming out to his traditionalist dad; and Maribel (L.A. Renigen), a fun-loving free spirit, who often has to serve as mediator between the two guys. Recently graduated from high school, these three best buddies suddenly discover themselves on the brink of adulthood, trying to find their way in the world and wondering what the future holds for them.

Like a modern-day "Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Colma: The Musical" is a cinematic operetta in which the characters define their relationships and express their feelings almost entirely through song. The score by Mendoza is lively and bouncy - if a trifle redundant at times - with lyrics that capture the fears and yearnings of the teenage heart with uncanny accuracy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good indie film for the "local" audience.
Living in San Francisco, I understood from where this film was coming. Enjoyed the "in" jokes. The cast is very likeable and they are very real in their characterizations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert V. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Colma: The Musical
I was told through my friends on Facebook that DVD is one hell to get !!! I just can't wait to show my Friends this DVD !!!
Published 7 months ago by Mr. PAUL F. E. Mennucci
3.0 out of 5 stars Can be stale as a wafer cracker, but it's got heart.
Musicals, when you get to the core of it, are hard to do. Over the years, the stereotypes of a "musical" - a story told through an abundant amount of signing and / or dancing -... Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by Alec Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Comedy
This short indie musical was filmed in my hometown, so to see, understand, and know what this film is singing about is uncanny. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by JonathonDoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Something to watch when stoned!
Movie is hilariously funny, stoned. I would definently reccommend you take a toke before you watch. With that said the movie follows the lives of three seniors ups and downs during... Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Veronika A. Solomon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun on small budget
Having lived in Daly City, and attending Westmoor high for a year back in the day, I had to see this movie. I was cautiously optimistic and this film exceeded my expectations. Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by Norman Geimer
3.0 out of 5 stars They had me at "Mongloids!"
The movie starts right off with the two male leads singing and as a musical, it does work. The songs actually make the story better. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars Colma:The Musical
Pleasant little surprise of a film with some haunting music and memorable cinematography. Though some of the acting was not as professional as I'd hoped, the mood and energy... Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by Movie Man
4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky Indie
Colma is a quirky independent film that I first came across in my film class this year. Although none of the stars can really sing (save for one), the songs are catchy and funny... Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by megapenguinx
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
I enjoyed this film. Anyone who grew up in an irrelevant place can relate to the characters. They know they live outside the main action happening elsewhere. Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by Bookenator
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