Light of Day (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Musical Drama, Showbiz Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 6, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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A brother and sister grapple with family and lifestyle issues in this rock-n-roll drama. Real-life rocker Joan Jett stars as Patti Resnick, an unwed mother who sings and plays guitar in a Cleveland bar band with her brother Joe (Michael J. Fox). Estranged from her parents and struggling to make ends meet, Patti decides to dive headlong into a carefree rock-n-roll lifestyle. Good-guy Joe pulls away from music to provide some stability for her tiny son. It takes a family crisis to bring Patti back home and force her to face the prickly past with her devoutly Christian mother (Gena Rowlands). Despite a somewhat thin story, the film has solid performances all around, most especially from the refreshingly compelling Jett. Bruce Springsteen penned the title song.

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family, mother, parent/child-relationship, religious-principles, rock-band, rock-music, sibling, single-parent