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Parent reviews for Blinded by the Light

Common Sense says

Charming comedy celebrates family ties and The Boss.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 August 24, 2019

Foiled by the Formula

In addition to possibly being a white savior narrative (Javed's saving graces in the movie are The Boss and Eliza his love interest) it can not break the bonds of its formula. Plus, some weird stretches of time are filled with a "Born to Run" fan music video, with Javed and co. are literally frollicking in the grass. A little strange, but as a fan of Springsteen myself I saw a lot of myself in Javed. I remember discovering his music, listening to the empowering lyrics of the blue collar worker. It's a nice message and Viveik Kalra is sure to be a star-in-the-making once he finds some more elevated material.

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Adult Written byU8earwax August 24, 2019

Really Solid Message about families and dreams.

Great movie about being a kid trying to find their way while growing up with struggling parents who want (demand) the best out of their family. It shows the everyday challenges teens face between tradition, society, and their own desires, no matter which generation you're from, or country you grow up in. I appreciate that none of the scenes went too far, just enough to know what happened. It's slightly campy at times, but just sit back and enjoy it.

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Adult Written bymovieman48 August 19, 2019

Not bad but could have been better

This is a well made movie based on the teenage experiences of Sarfraz Manzoor, who grew up as a Pakistani in a working class area of Luton. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, it is very much in the spirit of Bend It Like Beckham, with a left wing view of the Thatcher years. It has great charm in places but it is spoiled by Chadha's insistence of presenting a simplistic view of politics, with the fictionalised girlfriend's Tory parents being something out of Monty Python and the National Front as a creation of Margaret Thatcher. It has a lot going for it but the artificial feel good factor in the movie just doesn't ring true at the end. Even the good acting performances all round and general exuberance of the movie can't get round this annoying flaw.
Parent of a 6 year old Written byBill85308 August 9, 2019

The ties that bind

This movie tell the story of a multigenerational family from Pakistan living in London in the 1980s. It shows the struggles of growing up in western society while living in a family trying to hold on to their roots. It does a good job of showing the struggles the family has and also how they’re resolved. A good movie for Bruce Springsteen lovers, but an equally good one for those either not familiar or fans. There is a little violence and minor swearing, but not over-done especially by today’s standards.

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