“Blinded by the Light” (Warner Bros.)

Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams star in a scene from the movie "Blinded by the Light." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service

The hardscrabble world of 1980s Luton, England, provides the setting for this touching fact-based mix of drama and comedy from writer-director Gurinder Chadha.

Amid political and racial tensions, a British Pakistani teen (Viveik Kalra) aspires to be a poet but is hemmed in by his overbearing father (Kulvinder Ghir), who wants him to pursue a more lucrative career. Introduced by a classmate (Aaron Phagura) to the music of Bruce Springsteen, the lad finds a fresh source of inspiration in the Boss’ working-class anthems. His newfound enthusiasm is shared by the fellow student (Nell Williams) for whom he’s fallen but not by his best friend since childhood (Dean-Charles Chapman) with whom his relationship has already become fraught.

Abundant charm and an insightful depiction of the ups and downs of both friendship and family life make this a winner. Possibly acceptable for mature teens.

Some mild sensuality, a scatological incident, at least one use of profanity, an ethnic stereotyping theme, occasional crude and crass talk. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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