Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light


Drama illustrating the power of music, when a Pakistani teen living in grim Thatcher-era England discovers the working-class anthems of Bruce Springsteen. From the writer/director of Bend It Like Beckham.... More

"1987, Margaret Thatcher’s England. Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy, lives in the town of Luton. His father’s recent job termination and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in. What young Javed really wants is to be a writer—something his father doesn’t approve of or understand—and when a new friend loans him a few Bruce Springsteen cassettes, Javed is changed forever. The Boss’s working-class anthems and affirming lyrics seem to speak directly to Javed, emboldening him to find his own voice as a writer, stand up to the racism around him, and challenge his father’s rigid ideals." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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  • I have no doubt that by the time 2019 is done, Blinded by the Light will stand as one of the year's best films. Full Review

  • Newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches. Full Review

  • While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss's greatest hits for its emotional high points, "Blinded by the Light" remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice. Full Review

  • There's something so constructed and suffocating about watching a tried and tested formula not working, the over-sentimental string-pulling on show for all to see. Full Review