Bend It like Beckham (2003)
Critic Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for language and sexual content)|
|Directed By:||Gurinder Chadha|
|Written By:||Guljit Bindra, Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Burges|
|In Theaters:||Aug 1, 2003 Wide|
|On DVD:||Sep 30, 2003|
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as Jesminder Bhamra
as Juliette Paxton
as Mr. Bhamra
as Mrs. Bhamra
as Pinky Bhamra
as Alan Paxton
as Paula Paxton
as Teetu's Mom
as Teetu's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Bend It like Beckham
Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.
Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action.
Every generation has to discover the same clichés that were drummed into previous generations, and kids could do worse than to learn them from this film.
Audience Reviews for Bend It like Beckham
A funny and uplifting tale about self discovery and acceptance. An enjoyable watch for the whole family, can be enjoyed by football fans and haters alike.
A thoroughly enjoyable movie thats worth a watch! Nice to see us Brits have still got it!
Bend It Like Beckham is a fun movie about a British Indian girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) who loves the game of soccer more than anything, but is encouraged by her traditional parents to abandon her passion and focus on other areas of her life, like finding a husband. She lies and defies them in order to keep playing, but her deceit causes friction at home, while a love triangle develops between Jess, her coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and her best friend on the team (Keira Knightly).
It may not be an original story, but it's a fun one that's frequently joyous to watch, and the focus on Indian culture made it seem fresh to me. The acting and soccer match scenes are equally well done, and the themes of culture clash and following one's dreams will be easy to sympathize with for most people.
Bend It Like Beckham is just a good, solid, entertaining family flick to watch. The movie was clearly made with a respect for Punjabi culture and a genuine love for soccer. It's hard not to like; give it a try.
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