How much does Bruce Springsteen have in common with a 16-year-old Pakistani boy growing up in a small English village in 1987? According to Blinded by the Light, a lot more than one would think. Based on the life of screenwriter Sarfraz Manzoor, this is the coming-of-age story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a young writer who finds a sense of purpose after discovering the music of “the Boss.” Chadha tries to cover a lot of ground, from the frustrations of high school to navigating tradition and family to the attempt to find one’s voice while living in a town riddled with Islamophobia. However, most of the film’s emotional weight is undermined by cheesy sing-alongs with the lyrics visualized in such a garish way that the supposed thematic significance bashes the audience in the head. Director and cowriter Gurinder Chadha senselessly pivots from a corny but harmless comedy musical to a tense family drama and without doing either successfully.