Sing Street

Sing Street

DVD - 2016
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See 1980s Dublin through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Conor, who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool Raphina. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band yet.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, California] :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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merci4u
Nov 03, 2017

Such a heartwarming movie! Music is our best friend.

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Fizgot
Oct 04, 2017

It was so boring I couldn't be bothered to finish the movie. I don't mean it was 'bad'. It was competently directed and had believable characters and well written dialogue, and I could see someone who isn't me getting a lot out of it. It's just that the movie offered no compelling reason to care.

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pink_armadillo_78
Oct 02, 2017

I had expected more from this movie based on the reviews. The plot was pretty predictable and familiar, the music felt more and more inauthentic to the era as the movie went on, and most of the supporting characters were totally two dimensional. That being said, there were fun moments. It's not horrible, but it's not great.

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poolman
Sep 22, 2017

Such a pleasant and realistic contrast with the way Hollywood usually treats movies about adolescents. Here the kids are normal, with normal problems and hopes and desires and live lives far removed from the earth-shaking angsts that American teens so often display cinematically. This is comfortable, gentle, tender, compassionate enjoyable film making. And watching.

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william13oliver15
Jul 23, 2017

Watched this with the teenagers they liked it. Typical boy meetd and tries to impress girl storyline. Great soundtrack of 80's music. Nice feel good movie

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firefly5
May 05, 2017

I can't give this more than 1/2 a star. I kept hoping it would get better. I know the main character had problems with his home life, too much fighting and drinking by his parents. I did like the fantasy prom scene, band in suits, everyone dancing and having a great time. To each their own, I guess.

Library_Jill Apr 08, 2017

A story about first love, music, family, and independence, set in 1980s Dublin, this film is definitely what I would call "cute," but in the least-cheesy sense of the term. There is emotional weight to this story, but it is also just a lot of fun, and you want to root for the young characters who dream of a world full of hope, even when reality seems discouraging--I absolutely loved the imaginary "prom" scene during one of the band's songs. Fans of "The Commitments" and "Once" will no doubt find a lot to love here, but also fans of "Back to the Future," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Pretty in Pink," and other '80s movies, as they do such a good job of recapturing the '80s feel.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

Nothing is more triumphant than art produced out of struggle. Nothing of any value just crops up; it has to be worked hard for to gain its worth. The fight adds beauty. And that's what we get in SING STREET. Set in the eighties, young Irish teenage boy Conor Lawler is experiencing the harsh economics times plaguing Ireland, foisting him out of his nice Jesuit private school and into the shady bully-infested corridors of the Roman Catholic public education system. Making music in these abysmal conditions amounts to a great amount of wisdom, not to mention a few decent tunes. And it feels very genuine to the experience of growing up, facing hard truths but discovering a great deal of happiness, too. Underrated and under the radar, SING STREET deserves some applause. I recommend it.

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irontriangle
Mar 17, 2017

Really loved the movie and especially the music. Watch it with the closed captioning turned on to pick up on more nuanced details.

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culle013
Mar 15, 2017

I think Sing Street is totally brilliant! Not sure why the librarian didn't rate it higher. It's set during the 1980s when MTV and music videos where were climbing and gaining enormous impact. A boy in is mid-teens is trying to navigate the crazy changes inherent in a new school (lower economically and rougher than his old "posh" school), lower social status, and parental separation. He struggles hard and eventually, he successfully navigates these tough challenges through: 1) forming a band and following his older brother's musical guidance and 2) falling in love and trying to "win" the girl. The movie is not necessarily for younger children, because there's are struggles with tough bullies and a teacher who is a bully, plus there is a family struggle of separating parents. But my personal opinion is, for kids 12 and up, and for adults, it's a great movie with a beautiful and triumphant ending. The original music the young man and his band mate wright is awesome! Plus they draw inspiration from music by The Cure, Duran Duran, and many other amazing 80s bands which the audience gets to experience through new eyes, via the older brother's interpretations and discussion of the essence of the music. After I saw this in the theatre I ordered 3 copies of the dvd and I have never done that before, ever. I highly recommend this film!

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Mar 28, 2017

“No woman can ever truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.”

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Your problem is that you're not happy being sad. But that's what love is, Cosmo. Happy sad.

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