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Blinded by the Light (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.

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1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

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Cast

Nikita Mehta
as Shazia (Sister)
Rob Brydon
as Matt's Dad
Billy Barratt
as Young Matt
Tara Divina
as Yasmeen (Cousin)
Jeff Mirza
as Mr. Shah
Frankie Fox
as Colin Hand
Marcus Brigstocke
as Robert - Eliza's Dad
Olivia Poulet
as Frances - Eliza's Mom
Daniella Bowen
as Reporter At Mosque
James Ballanger
as Passport Official
Kriss Dosanjh
as Mr. Singh
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Most of the film's emotional weight is undermined by cheesy sing-alongs with the lyrics visualized in such a garish way that the supposed thematic significance bashes the audience in the head.

February 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The film feels authentic in its depiction both of Javed's family but also the changes that took place after what seems to have been akin to a religious conversion.

October 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The deliberately amateurish style of the musical numbers is supposed to engender spontaneity but too often looks merely cack-handed. Nonetheless, you come out on a high. Springsteen fever proves to be contagious.

October 24, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While it's far from perfect, on balance, it's an inoffensive, feel-good and inspirational British dramedy with some charming performances and an emotionally affecting story about an immigrant teenager and how he finds salvation in Springsteen's music.

October 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Much of the film plays out in a predictable, if charming, way.

August 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its predictability, it conveys what it's like to be enraptured by a rock idol.

August 23, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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