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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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!

patcumming Mar 10, 2017

Loved this film - everything from the throwback music and fashion to the acting.

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BridgettM
Feb 22, 2017

Sing Street is worth seeing at least once. I love '80s music and enjoyed watching the band try out some of the different musical and corresponding fashion styles of the decade. Overall, I found myself comparing this movie to Once, which was also written and directed by John Carney. Once is one of my favorite movies and feels very natural to me. To me, Sing Street felt forced, like he was trying to make something that could easily be adapted into a Broadway musical, as Once was. Sing Street is rated PG-13 for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking.

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Janice21383
Feb 16, 2017

Reminiscent of Roddy Doyle and Alan Parker's The Commitments, but does become its own thing -- which is the theme of the movie: finding your own voice. It's enjoyable, but I preferred the earlier, more realistic scenes to the later movie, which goes far into wish-fulfillment territory. For example, how does our 14-year-old hero learn to sing, play the guitar, and write professional-sounding music in the course of a few months? And does no one have a real problem with what he does at the end, and there are no consequences? But the young actors are engaging, especially Mark McKenna, as the laid-back, multi-talented bass man. Or boy. If you like 1980s pop, this is the film for you. Blues and rock addicts should stick to The Commitments.

JCLStefanieE Feb 15, 2017

It's difficult for me to remember a more joyful, smart, and pleasant coming-of-age movie made in recent years. Sing Street is just as kooky, spontaneous, and anti-establishment as The Breakfast Club and just as sweet, silly, and romantic as Sixteen Candles. The infectious original songs, which Glen Hansard (of the popular Irish musical Once fame) contributed to, make the film worth a viewing on musical merit alone.

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Mar 28, 2017

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

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