• Blinded by the Light (2019)

Blinded by the Light

Release Date: August 14th, 2019

PG-13 |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

Javed is a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in 1987 England. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers an outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to express himself in his own voice.

Cast: Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Meera Ganatra, Dean-Charles Chapman

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Genres: Music , Comedy drama

Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures, Bend It Films, Levantine Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Underdog, Love interest, Growing up, Cheeky, House, 1980s, Mother, Inspiring, New York City, England, Father, Friend, Love, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Inkoo KangSlate

    The heart of the film is the father-son bond, but Chadha, a filmmaker long preoccupied with the inner lives of Desi-British girls and women, also gives Javed’s sister (Nikita Mehta) a lovely reveal. If a couple of segments droop in their strict adherence to Manzoor’s biography, it’s certainly forgivable. This movie won’t blind anyone with its innovation, but it’s got plenty to dazzle and delight. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    As you watch Blinded by the Light, don’t let its earnest trappings blind you to the beauty of its core. Gurinder Chadha ’s coming-of-age drama transmutes the raw feeling of Bruce Springsteen ’s music into another kind of feeling, no less raw but leavened by giddy excitement that culminates in joy. show more

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Light is just as faithful to formula as Bend It Like Beckham and just as reliant on its lead's likability; here, newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches. show more

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