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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…
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 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…
It tugs at the heart, but you can see the strings it's pulling with.
Film #4 of the "November 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #15 A film featuring English Football! - Bend it Like Beckham (2002) - Gurinder Chadha
Sometimes you're just in the mood for a South Asian feminist feel good family flick. Bend it Like Beckham plays with ethnicity and the British Indian identity to deliver a heavy-handed statement about going after your dreams. Parminder Nagra and a young Keira Knightly have a charming relationship and wacky families, and that's what this film really boils down to. The situations are funny but do rely on ethnic misunderstandings as the source for 90% of this film's comedy.
At its core, this film is about privilege. Nagra is told "NO" by her family…
i was under the impression they were lesbians?? so excuse me, but where is our sequel when they start dating in college???
highly enjoyable especially if you are an indian.it's british indian american combo movie .
A good story overall made even better by being a coming-of-age tale about somebody OTHER than a white male. In fact, it's one of those special movies that helps bridge cultures by showing, subtly, that despite the differences, there are always ways people can connect.
i used to be so obsessed with this movie when i was a kid.
but i probably shouldn't rewatch it now, or i'll ruin the great memories.
To some extent, Bend It Like Beckham doesn't offer much for those outside its target audience (somewhere around 10-14 year-olds, I'd estimate). Its perspective is almost exclusively from the teenage characters and there's a rather superficial (although not quite "after school special") feel to the way it treats some of its serious mature issues. On the plus side, it's nice to see a film for young teens from so long ago at least broach two important issues: being gay and not jumping to conclusions about people, and cultural expectations vs. personal desire. The whole culture-clash thing is done fairly well. It's also fun to see Keira Knightley in one of her early roles, not in period costumes for a change. But other than that, there's nothing special here.
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.
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