Flashback Friday-The Jazz Singer (1980)

We all have dreams. But what happens when our dreams clash with the ideals of our loved ones?

In the 1980 film, The Jazz Singer, Yussel Rabinovitch (Neil Diamond) is the son of a cantor from New York City. His father, Cantor Rabinovitch (Laurence Olivier) has his heart set on seeing his son follow in his footsteps. But Yussel has other plans. He wants to sing pop music. Leaving his father, his wife, Rivka (Catlin Adams) and his whole world behind, Yussel changes his name to Jess Robin. His career takes off with the help of manager Molly Bell (Lucie Arnaz). But as he begins to see his dreams become reality, Yussel/Jess must also face his past and make some decisions about his life.

A reboot of the Al Jolson film from 1927, this film is to my mind the perfect portrait of what happens when dreams actually come true and the questions we must ask to live as our most authentic selves.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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