By: Renee’ C.
Rating: 2.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager named Javed (Viveik Kalra) learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen (IMDB).

If you are a fan of Bend it Like Beckham you will probably like this film. It has the same look and feel because it is made by the same director, Gurinder Chadha. It is based on the true story of a teenager trying to figure out how to attain his goals in life. Javed wants to become a writer which is something his strict father simply will not allow. Javed has an epiphany when he hears the music of Bruce Springsteen and it changes his live forever. He thinks Springsteen is speaking directly to him and it inspires him to try to make thinks happen in his life.

This film is well made and acted but its biggest flaw is its length. Two hours is to long for this kind of film. I found myself sighing over and over because I wanted them to get to the point. Fortunately, when we finally get there it delivers but it just takes too long to get there. I cannot in all honesty recommend seeing this film in the theater. Wait for it to hit Netflix and the like.

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