[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
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.
I literally laugh and grin my entire way through this film. Yes, maybe its a bit clunky, and the music and fashion is VERY 2002, but its so warm and funny. The football is the only downside- I zone out during all the match montages.
I first watched it when I was 9 or 10, and I remember finding the scene where Joe kisses a drunk Jess at the club in Germany incredibly romantic! Watching their ( very cheesy) love storyline now, what strikes me is Gurinder Chadra's accuracy in making him Irish. In my experience, there is some strong affinity and potential for romance between the Irish and the Indian, and the film made me glad that now, 12…
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…
Jess: "Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?"
When a film attempts too much it annoys me. However BILB shines and effortlessly tackles the changing attitudes of race and sexual orientation as well as celebrating British multiculturalism. And it does so in style: with humour and with vibrancy. The soundtrack is infectious and it's a loveable ride throughout.
This was one of my favourite films as a kid simply because it was about football. But now watching it as a 17 year old it's clear to see how many of the jokes went over my head. Bless my little innocent self for not inferring certain information. This film is for all ages and for…
En gennemsnitlig og forudsigelig pigefilm, dog med et forfriskende strejf af noget eksotisk. Skuespillet er ikke prangende, og filmen leverer kun lige nok til, at man er fint underholdt. En film, man ikke kan huske særlig meget fra særligt længe efter at have set den.
liked it... dream your dream...
This was the first film where I pick up on things that normally I would have been to young to understand when I first watched this movie. A great breakout role for Kiera Knightly and some very well done Soccer sequences to boot.
the best movie ever made. Bye Felicia if u disagree.
"I want her to fight, and I want her to win."
The discomfiting combo of feel-goodism and social-racial tension, as well as some icky older coach - youthful subordinate issues, kept me interested, but the ambivalently happyish ending was never in doubt. Fantastic lead performances [although Parminder Nagra was 26 (!) during filming] and relatively dynamic visuals make the conventional narrative beats more palatable than they should be.
"Vinceró, vinceró, vinceró."
Randomly came upon this on TV after work. There's too many flaws inherent in this film. I'm not one to shun neat, padded, feel-good movies, but the problem with this one is one simple thing: it's not terribly genuine. It's not contrived with any sort of coherence. Developments seem to come and go without any real consequence involved, thus offering us no reason to root for this main character's journey. It never really attempts to earn its sentimentality and it never flies with its rather flat comedic touches, which are tonally misjudged on top of that. Not to mention, there's this super unnecessary b-plot about a romance with her coach that seems to materialize out of thin air, which is…
I was a bit surprised at my enjoyment of the film. It's not without its flaws and weak points though - being 12 years old, the film has a dated feeling to it when addressing modern issues of race and sexuality. And the romantic B-plot is never anything impressive or that enjoying to watch. It's the non-romantic, family tradition vs. modern society clash that provides the best material. And though I enjoyed it, I can't say that it was ever that great - my enjoyment may have come from the fact that soccer/footy and racial divide doesn't seem like something we see often in cinema.
Also good to see that both of the main actresses in the Indian family, Parminder Nagra and Archie Panjabi, have both gone on to successful TV careers. Deserved.
I love this film so much. Yes, I am being bias, I associated w/her character as I too was from a strict south asian family
Watched with: Self
Watched at: Home
So many montages...I have never seen so many montages in a 2-hr. movie.
I thought the fighting-over-a-boy and whole romance storyline in general was the weak point. It would have been way more interesting if they HAD been lesbians.
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