[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.
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…
'She's the Man' with a cultural twist.
'Bend it Like Beckham' is a little more unconventional path through cliche sleepover movie park, but -- like any sleepover movie -- it's one of those fun, feel-good films.
Jess belongs to a traditional Sikh family, causing some hiccups in her quest to make it big as a football (that's soccer, for us Americans) player. Between that and her white coach/boyfriend, Jess has to sneak around her orthodox parents quite a bit. Of course, the family has a change of heart in the end, and Jess gets to keep her white boy, her best friend, and her future career.
Nothing is of particular individuality, but the acknowledgement of the Indian culture that thrives…
I watched this film mainly because of the stars of the film. I had little to no expectations when I first saw it. I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this film was.
There is a blending of cultures, ages and soccer. What's not to like? The story is about how a traditional Indian girl who has grown up in England is different from her family but also is brilliant at soccer. It might have been enough to just focus on the family dynamics of Jess' family but by adding the drive of a soccer player, it made the movie dynamic. I still enjoy watching this film and have rewatched it several times.
My only criticism is some of the…
It's my guilty pleasure, I regret nothing re: my 5 star review
Vond hem erg leuk. Voelt op decorvlak soms wat fake aan, op verhaallijnen ook, maar het wordt zo sterk en spontaan gespeeld (Nagra kan de hele film op zich dragen), dat het niet uitmaakt.
Interessant hoe ze met hun identiteit als Indisch in Engeland worstelen. Lijkt me ook vrij natuurtrouw.
Hele leuke feel-good film.
So early-2000s it's painful, Bend It Like Beckham is a curious film that features a great central performance from Parminder Nagra, a terrible supporting one from Keira Knightley, gross dancing from Jonathan Rhys Meyers, an obnoxiously loud and pointless soundtrack, horribly contrite humour and emotional scenes of family drama. It's a mixed bag really.
Predictable and it's about football, so I should hate it. But it's not really about football and is actually quite enjoyable. And it's got Neela from ER. Also I'm drunk.
Supongo que en el algún momento habrá una reivindicación de los "dos miles". Esta película refleja algo de esos años aunque nos llegase tras el éxito de comedias británicas como FULL MONTY. La gracia está en el contraste entre una familia Sij y la afición de la protagonista por el fútbol y Beckham.
Por esa época se puso de moda en Occidente el cine de Bollywood. Duró poco. Bueno, las cuatro horas de la primera peli que algunos vieron por vez primera.
This was adorable! I'm not a huge fan of soccer movies, though I did play soccer myself for a season, so I'm super picky about them in general. However, this one was cute and fun, and all about girl power in a culture that isn't really approving of alternate lifestyles.
I've seen Bend It Like Beckham countless times, and even now it manages to entertain me like few other films are capable of doing. The central plot is original, uplifting, and honest. There is no other film that romanticizes the sport of football in quite the same way. Every time I watch this movie I get inspired to go outside and play.
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