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Bend It Like Beckham
Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham?
Indian director Gurinder Chadha creates a coming-of-age story of a young Indian girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field.
Review In A Nutshell:
Optimism is my attitude when I come into a film, regardless if I have seen the film before. Bend It Like Beckham was a film that I have seen long ago back during the start of High School. During then, I remembered feeling pleased about it, but not close to the point where I actually want to share my adoration for it. Therefore, I assumed my recent viewing would be a much more pleasant one, possibly seeing the underlying beauty that I was not able to appreciate at the time. Nope. All of my good feelings towards this film have been replaced; delivering an experience that was both narrative and emotionally predictable, wrapped around in sentimentality…
"Get your lesbian feet out of my shoes!"
A smidge dated, but still a bunch of fun. The film manages a delicate balance between football and race, showing the strange worlds of both and how they clash and mesh all at once.
I love the early 2000s vibe, which was truly a horrid time for fashion, make up and all things hair. Plenty of laughs to be had, clearly made from a place of love, showing the colourful and wonderful world of Brit-Indian culture and all it's neuroses.
It's incredibly hard to overlook the fact that Bend It like Beckham has major structural issues, an unnecessarily fast pace and twists and turns about as unexpected as a woman giving birth after her pregnancy, but it's just so darn loveable. Every second of the film's runtime, you can feel the heart literally oozing off the screen.
Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is an 18-year old British-Indian Punjabi Sikh who is obsessed with football but is forbidden from playing by her traditionalistic parents who are strictly against disregarding family traditions. So when she joins a women's football team with her best friend Jules (Keira Knightley), she has to keep it…
Its naive and its clunky and its likely only to truly appeal to a teen audience, but Bend It Like Beckham remains an enjoyable, watchable enough experience thanks largely to Parminder Nagra's star turn.
It was perhaps Pete Davies' book I Lost My Heart To The Belles that first help highlight women's football to the masses. That in turn inspired the excellent late 90s/early 00s BBC drama Playing The Field, which proved there was much mileage in a drama based around such an activity, Bend It Like Beckham continues this trend and cannily aims it not only at the teen audience but at a culturally diverse one too. It's a refreshing film that shows that neither gender or race holds…
Another favorite rom-com of the early 2000s. This story of a Pakistanis teenage girl who's into football (soccer) has a lot of heart and fine performances by all its cast. A funny, witty and well balanced script drives this fine film.
Basically, it's My Big Fat Greek Wedding, minus the Greeks, Windex, and über-wimpy boyfriend, but with extra-added turbans, delicious Pakora, and of course, football. Layer on a good message for tweener/teenage girls to pursue their passion in life despite all odds, and this makes for a highly watchable evening's entertainment.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is just serviceable as the love interest, but Parminder Nagra really shines as the would-be baller who has to contend with her parent's well-intentioned, but wrong-headed desire for her to lead the traditional life of a future Sikh housewife, as well as dealing with the reverse-descrimination of the Sikh subculture towards white people and gays.
I would've rated this a bit higher, but Keira Knightley really creeped…
Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham is lovingly made in every frame. The performances are solid, especially from Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, but Chadha deserves the bulk of the congratulations with this one. The film delivers a feel-good tale of coming of age in one's own cultural identity, while never veering into cheap sentiment. She is deeply respectful of her characters' various cultures, and that, paired with the somewhat amazing fact that she, a female, non-white director, had a mainstream success with a movie predominately about two young girls, make Beckham a terrifically good time.
people reviewing this film are like "the narrative is quite bland and the cinematography doesnt hold up to the standards that films like 'american sniper' have etc e tc et" LIKE ok????????
this isnt a film that was nominated for an academy award guys, its a teen-ish film that is really nice and beautiful give it a break
"Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?" ICONIC
It may be quite dated, predictable and perhaps a little lacking as a comedy, but for whatever reason I enjoy it quite a bit.
This is a film that takes a lot of ideas and plot points that have been done before, but infuses it with an interesting cultural aspect. This is where the film becomes unique and interesting. The director takes Indian culture in England and uses it as the backdrop for the story of a young girl who has a passion for soccer, but her traditional parents are against it. It really is quite interesting, and it gives a nice vibe to the film. I kind of enjoy seeing different cultures and how they celebrate different special events,…
A charming YA multi cultural story. Watch it for the soundtrack and Keira, neglect the holes in the storytelling.
Awesome feel good movie (not only) for girls
i dont really do reviews but i just wanted to say that this is a really great movie for young girls, especially women of colour. it may not be the best story ever but i think its a very empowering movie. :-)
Too cute to convey much in the way of a message (except when taken on a very superficial level). Might have made a better TV movie. Seems like the kind of thing they may have shown us in health class to try and raise our self-esteem (instead of countless Lifetime channel movies about binge eating and date rape).
An okay movie to watch on a lazy day. I love Jess and Jules.
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