Directed Gurinder Chadha’s cross-cultural dramedy is an adaptation of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s 2007 memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll.” A second-generation British-Pakistani teenager comes of age in a small town during the Thatcher era, rebelling against parental and cultural expectations with the help of Bruce Springsteen’s music.~Augustine Chay
Blinded by the Light is a great film regardless if you like The Boss or not. Personally, I love the Boss and have grown up spinning his records and attending his Live shows. We need more of these 'feel good' movies during times like this...
I've been a Bruce Springsteen fan since seeing him at Rock Creek Park in 1974. I've seen him 24 times in concert during that period. When I heard that this movie was coming out I was psyched. Saw it the first weekend (which was good because it only lasted two weeks in the local theater). I have very little in common with the main character, but we were both young, disillusioned, and found a voice. I enjoyed the journey that this movie led me. I still listen to Bruce and the hope and dreams he sings about. I look forward to seeing him for a 25th time somewhere down the road.
If you are interested in 80s multicultural Britain
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
I grew up in Luton where the film was based so I was very familiar with the community tensions shown in the film. It was also interesting to show what affect Bruce Springsteen has outside the USA. His lyrics of the everyman can be identified with throughout the world.
I found the film as a whole to be very accurate in a lot of ways and appreciated the road trip down memory lane.
My family absolutely loved this movie. If you are a Springsteen fan, however, it will take you to an even higher level of enjoyment. The film is loosely based on the (almost unbelievable) true story of Sarfraz Manzoor, a British teen of Pakistani descent who deals with racism and bullying while trying to define his own identity. Springsteen’s music helps him on that journey. Fun and heartwarming with an uplifting moral message of hope and perseverance against all odds. Perfect for teens and up.
Love Springsteen! And this movie pays a great tribute to his music. The director, Gurinder Chadha (who also directed "Bend it Like Beckham") delivers a feel good movie you'll watch over and over. Great picture and awesome audio!
In today’s world where prejudices are cropping up in the daily news, this small, beautiful film is a breath of fresh air. Although it seems that we have seen parts of this story before it is a fresh take on family and the way people should interrelate. Springsteen’s music works wonderfully as the anthem it was for many young people originally. Here his music bridges the chasm between young and old and different cultures. The acting is excellent and the touch of fantasy with dancing makes it magical.
One of the best films I've seen in years and based on a true story. The screen writer has seen Bruce Springsteen more than 150 times.
The story is about a young Pakistani boy growing up near London who's life changes after learning what words of Bruce's songs really mean.
The story, directing, acting and, of course, the music are virtually perfect.