[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Bend It Like Beckham
Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules!
Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.
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…
I like it. The film is about an Indian girl who loves football. But really it's more about this girl caught in the middle of a culture clash, and I love films like that.
Also, the first introduction to Keira Knightley.
The king of shitty family movies — while not being shitty at all.
This is a great look at how life in the U.K. can appear to an Indian family. There are a lot of touching moments.
Looks more like a checklist of politically correct subjects.
get ur lesbian feet outta my shoes
not a perfect movie
A few points:
a. I will forgive a feel-good movie many things when it has a generosity of spirit. Even a mostly unsuccessful rendition of the sport its ostensibly about.
b. Kiera Knightley, Archie Punjabi and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a hell of a trifecta of "people who would be more famous later".
c. How did the miniscule budget stretch to accommodate the rights to so many songs?
d. Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" is funky as all hell.
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