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Bend It Like Beckham

A movie directed by Gurinder Chadha

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  • Aug 17, 2004
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I caught this movie while flipping through the cable channels and was instantly mesmerized. It is about a teenage Indian girl (nicknamed Jesse) in London who loves soccer and hopes to play for the British woman's team. The problem is her family still believes that women are married early and have many kids and do not delve into distractions like games. Therefore, Jesse must sneak away to attend practices. She develops a friendship with one of her teammates and generally loves the new world she has entered.

Meanwhile Jesse's sister has had her engagement arranged. Jesse gets in big trouble when she hugs her teammate in a bus stop and the parents of the groom happen by in car. They see Jesse's teammate from the back and think that it is an "English boy." They go to Jesse's parents and want to call the wedding off because a proper Indian woman would never do something like that. Jesse is forced to tell her parents that she is playing soccer and that the "boy" was really her teammate and nothing happened between them. Her parents tell her to stop this soccer business and prepare herself to be a proper Indian wife.
Her father tells her that he was once prevented from playing cricket because he is Indian, so he has vowed to never let sports become an important part of his life.

Jesse has to sneak away to attend a big game in Germany. There things get rocky between herself and her teammate because they are both competing for the affections of their coach. He seems to favor Jesse because he has had similar problems with his own parents who think it is unmanly to coach women's soccer. Of course the game is so big that the team's picture is put in the newspaper and Jesse's parents find out. Jesse must decide if she will do what her parents want or follow the ways of her own heart.

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More Bend It Like Beckham reviews
review by . June 29, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Entertaining and Inspiring
Bend it Like Beckham is a British comedy flick about a talented girl named Jesminder (aka Jess) who loves to play soccer and has one really big problem: her rigid Punjabi Sikh family wants her to settle down, learn to cook, find a suitable husband, and quit playing sports. Amidst the usual trials of friendship and love, Jesminder, struggling to satisfy both her family and herself, ends up lying to her parents in order to go to her soccer team meetings and matches. But of course, as the saying goes, …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
This movie goes beyond soccer and is really a story about growing up in a changing England.
review by . March 05, 2009
I caught this movie while flipping through the cable channels and was instantly mesmerized.  It is about a teenage Indian girl (nicknamed Jesse) in London who loves soccer and hopes to play for the British woman's team.  The problem is her family still believes that women are married early and have many kids and do not delve into distractions like games.  Therefore, Jesse must sneak away to attend practices.  She develops a friendship with one of her teammates and generally loves …
review by . January 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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This charming little movie combines sports, young love, and family conflict to make an utterly entertaining comedy/drama. Jess (Parminder Nagra) dreams of playing professional soccer and must hide the fact that she plays on a girls' team from her Indian family. They want her to settle down with a proper Indian husband and be a traditional wife. Teammate Jules (Keira Knightley) introduces Jess to a new world of fun, but they are both attracted to their handsome coach (Jonathan Rhys-Myers).     Th …
review by . March 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This is a delighful coming of age movie about two 18 year old girls in London who love soccer (football). One, an Indian Sikh teenager, (Jessie) has a poster of soccer star Beckham in her room, which she talks to, expressintg her desire to become a professional soccer player - hardly a goal her proper Sikh family would approve of. Mom wants her to learn how to cook in the Indian way, marry and have children. Dad, an airline pilot, wants her to go to university and become a lawyer - then get married …
review by . March 12, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: cute story, funny     Cons: see review     The Bottom Line: IT'S SO CUTE!!!!     Man, I thought I was going to get a jump on all of you by reviewing this before anyone else. I saw Bend it Like Beckham about a year ago in London was overjoyed to learn that it will soon be released in the States. But, alas, three other people have already written about BLB. I'm not as cutting-edge as I thought I was.       In the …
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An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister, Pinky, who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess' dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess' unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream...and a soccer ball.
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