Bend It Like Beckham

2003 "Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules!"
6.7| 1h52m| PG-13| en

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.


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Micransix Crappy film
Sexyloutak Absolutely the worst movie.
ActuallyGlimmer The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
Kaydan Christian A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
davekeanu if you want British Indian comedy then bend it like Beckham is the one you should watch. At first I found this film rather boring but I as grow older I found it rather enjoyable to watch. its great film for the whole family to watch. Soccer is a great sport as I used to play soccer myself but now I have retired from soccer now and now I am study at college to do acting. The acting in this is very well done having mixture of British Indian and Chinese and many more this film. Making it very multi cultural film which I really like. overall another great film to watch over and over again this movie is very good in my book wroth watching 9/10
jb_campo I finally watched this movie over the weekend and it was pretty much what I expected, hence my OK rating of 6/10. The film portrays Jess, a teenage Panjab Indian living in London, who has special skills playing soccer. However, her family wants her to go to school, get a husband, get a job, have kids, and be bored the rest of her life. Jess will have none of it. The story goes on a predictable trail where she is discovered, gets to play on a girl's team, wins her father's heart, wins the final game on a penalty kick, and goes off to America on a soccer scholarship. Very neat and clean movie, but not much substance.There were several problems with this film. It could have been a lot shorter. Most of the soccer scenes could really have been cut down. The dancing at the wedding could have really been cut. The silly, puzzling story line of potential lesbianism should have seen the editing floor up close and personal, right next to the stupid homosexual scene with her best friend. For these, I blame the director. He tried to add some substance to a movie that really barely could handle what it had.The one bright spot was the exceptional acting of Jess's father. He was rock solid, believable, as was the other girl's father. But the two mothers, especially the English one, Juliet Stevenson, was way over the top. Again - fault of the director. Lastly, the coach, Joe, was OK, but really, come on, you know you're not supposed to fraternize with your female team, and you break the rules big time. If I was his boss, I'd have fired his butt on the spot.So, ignore all that nonsense, plus the unnecessary story lines, and you have a nice little teenage angst story with the Indian cultural twist to add some spice. If the Director had settled for that, this movie would have been much better.
josefina-hansen I think that this movie is very sweet!It shows how two different cultures can overcome their differences and be united. With this said, it is also a romantic movie, that shows how love can interfere with friendship, hobbies and you're family.This is a movie to see with friends or alone. But when you see it, do not judge it upon the quality of the movie, but on the story, and the connection between the great actors. A movie does not have to have a very big budget, and the very best actors to be good. (but in this case i think that the actors really is great!) I think that this is one of the best roles that Jonathan Rhys Meyers have played. Give yourself time to see this, if you like comedian romantic movies!
bigverybadtom The premise was intriguing, if trite. Girl wants to play soccer, traditional family refuses, girl runs off and does it anyway. Unfortunately, the execution was mediocre and we only saw part of the movie.The very beginning was amusing. We see a televised soccer match with David Beckham on the team, there is trouble getting the ball through, and suddenly a female player gets the ball and scores an unlikely goal, to the world's adulation. Well, except for when several sports commentators talk to the girl's mother, who is critical of her being in the soccer game in the first place and showing her legs to thousands of people. It was the girl's imagination, of course-and real life intrudes when she is called down to deal with preparing for her sister's upcoming wedding.Unfortunately, then comes a bunch of shouting back and forth, clichéd and not well-acted. A standard clash of Indian and English cultures, and it quickly got tedious, so we gave the rest a miss. The idea could have been done much better.