The struggles of three friends who are forced to come to grips with being out of high school in an unchanging town that’s mostly graveyards take center stage in Colma: The Musical. With its diverse, talented cast, Colma shoulders a huge task in creating a full-fledged independent musical film. In fact, the greatest success of the film is the completely original score that will stay in your head for days after hearing it.

Unfortunately, the charm of an independent film is also a hindrance to this project as musical numbers and dialogue tend to get washed out by music and background noises. The movie also suffers a bit from its use of expository dialogue in lieu of on-screen drama. Still, Colma is a touching and fun ride that will remain with you long after the film is over.

Grade: C+

Colma: The Musical releases in select theaters Oct. 12.