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.
This was so great! Why did I never see this as a kid?
I went into Bend it Like Beckham with little knowledge about the film, save that it was very high praised in the independent film circles of the world. All of the actors are unknowns as are the writers and directors.
The story revolves around a young girl named Jes(Parminder K. Nagra). She is the second child of an Indian family living in Britain. Her father moved over to the new country when he was young so that his family could have better opportunity than he had. So, she has been sneaking off for most of her young life to play soccer with the guys in the park.
Meanwhile, her older sister Pinky has been sneaking around for the past few…
Was surprised to look this up and find it was a comedy as I didn't laugh once. Pretty formulaic stuff but the themes and development presented throughout might make it worth a watch if you're desperate to kill time, like the change in the father's attitude through the course of the film. That lass needs a better role model than scum like Beckham though.
I'm not entirely sure why this was some kind of "indie sensation" when it came out, but whatever. It's a perfectly fine comedy with good performances and a unique cultural hook. I liked it, but I haven't given it a thought since I saw it.
A nice little movie. I can understand the charm
This really is a great flick. I haven't watched it in years, and even got the man to watch it, who agreed with it's worth (and rating!).
It's kid friendly, and a good movie to explain diversities.
A little on the formulaic sides, caving in here and there, where it would have gained the extra star by sticking to its merits.
All round, great flick, for any audience...
[I don't mean to be the worst reviewer of all time, but from now on, all culture clash films not named Late Marriage are prevented from earning anything higher than a B.]
Charming enough, I suppose - and the lead actresses are both, in their own right, balls of fire - but, please, it's just hard not to acknowledge that you're watching the billionth spin on an already rather rote theme.
Just okay. Keira is too much.