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Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen)

Parminder Nagra , Keira Knightley , Gurinder Chadha    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
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Bend It Like Beckham is true girl power. This glorious comedy centers on Jess (Parminder Nagra), an Indian girl born in England whose only desire is to become a football--or, as we say on this side of the Atlantic, soccer--star like her idol, David Beckham; but her traditional family refuses to even consider it. With the help of her new friend Juliet (Keira Knightley), Jess secretly joins a girls' team under the guidance of a male coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). As the team starts to gain some attention, Jess's secret can't be kept forever. The story of Bend It Like Beckham is so genuine and detailed that it transcends all the sports-movie formulas that it also fulfills with cheeky exuberance. Wonderfully acted, and written and directed with loving care by Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, What's Cooking?), this movie is pure delight from start to finish. --Bret Fetzer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisengly Great June 17 2004
Format:DVD
What makes a great movie is that the viewer should leave watching this film with a good taste in the mouth that "the movie was good. I enjoyed it." This movie delivers exactly that. The movie shows how traditional values get in the way of the dreams of a British Indian girl looks at. Making "curry", cooking "roti", and singing praises of her husband is a cliché of any Indian girl. How about playing football (soccer in British) Sounds strange? Well, that is what you are all set to witness. A British Indian girl is just about excellent playing football (soccer) and wants to excel in it. But that's not her parent's cup of tea. More than that, she falls in love with a white guy? The Indian cliché family is not going to stand for it. How she hides, runs, and gets her bit of the world is all, "Bend it Like Bekham" is all about. Wait a second, did you think than the movie is a serious melodrama? Hell No! It's an out and out comedy. The comic scenes are extremely hilarious and make you laugh and enjoy the good times melt on the big screen. This movie was surprisingly great, when my cousin brought this film I thought typical chick flick, but it is for some reason a great film. This is a must see film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age, Indian style June 22 2004
Format:DVD
Cultures clash when talented young Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), an Indian girl living with her family in England, earns a spot on a girls' soccer team. Running around in shorts in public is simply not appropriate for a proper young lady, and the time needed for practice would clash with Jess's many obligations, such as preparing for the wedding of her older sister (Archie Panjabi), learning how to cook a proper Indian meal (including vegetarian), and getting into a good school. Jess is soon trying to juggle her home life and her exciting new soccer life, which includes a new best friend (Keira Knightley) and a love interest (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers).
This is a very exhuberant and entertaining film. It follows the basic formula of a coming-of-age film but does it without any missteps. The cast is wonderful. Special mention goes to Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan, who play Jess's parents. Writer/director Gurinder Chadha (with co-writers Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra) has made a very entertaining movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "It put me off beans on toast for life." June 15 2006
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This charming little movie combines sports, young love, and family conflict to make an utterly entertaining comedy/drama. Jess (Parminder Nagra) dreams of playing professional soccer and must hide the fact that she plays on a girls' team from her Indian family. They want her to settle down with a proper Indian husband and be a traditional wife. Teammate Jules (Keira Knightley) introduces Jess to a new world of fun, but they are both attracted to their handsome coach (Jonathan Rhys-Myers).

The wonderful Miss Nagra is quite sweet and convincing as the footballer who wants to be as good as her idol, David Beckham. The actors who play her stalwart family are also wonderful and funny. Rhys-Myers gives a good performance as the vulnerable coach, but Knightley, while enthusiastic, tends to overact and is less convincing. If you love soccer, you'll certainly enjoy all the scenes on the pitch. If you like romantic comedies, this is for you, too. A funny, poignant movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bend it Like Beckham Scores! June 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie is about Jess Bhamra, an eighteen-year-old Indian girl who dreams of playing soccer (football) as well as her idol, real-life footballer/soccer star David Beckham. Oppurtunity comes knocking at Jess' door when Juliet "Jules" sees Jess playing soccer in the park, and gives Jess the oppurtunity to play with a girls' soccer team. Jess is thrilled when she makes the cut. The one problem is that Jess' mom wants her to marry an Indian boy, learn to cook aloo gobi, help get ready for her older sister's wedding, and definitely NOT play football. However, Jess sneaks out to play with the team anyway. Jess and Jules become close friends, however, they find that they both like the same boy - their coach, Joe. While all of this is going on, Jess tries to keep her family convinced that she is not playing football. Will Jess' family discover that she has been playing football? Will Jules and Jess ruin their friendship over Joe? This is a fun movie to watch, and Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers were perfectly cast as Jess, Jules, and Joe.
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By M. Hart
Format:DVD
The film "Bend it Like Beckham" is an engaging film about a teenaged Sikh girl, Jesminder 'Jess' Bhamra (Parminder K. Nagra), that loves to play soccer and her hero is the famous soccer player David Beckham, who once played for Manchester United. (Some archive footage of David Beckham is used in the film.) Unfortunately, Jess's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brahma (Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan respectively), don't completely approve (her mother especially) of Jess's continued participation in soccer as she has grown. Instead, they want her to learn more traditional Sikh family ways. A very memorable scene is the film's opening with Jess imagining herself playing with David Beckham, with television sports commentators interviewing her parents. However, in Jess's imagination, her mother begins to scold the commentators for encouraging her to play soccer. As the story progresses, Jess's friend Juliette 'Jules' Paxton (Keira Knightley) invites Jess to play on her team that is coached by an Irishman named Joe (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Though her parents object, Jess continues to play with the team and even manages to secretly go with them to play against a team in Germany; and that's when things change more drastically and unexpectedly for Jess, Jules and Joe.
Gurinder Chadha did a superb job of directing and writing "Bend it Like Beckham". (Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra assisted in its writing.) Parminder K. Nagra's acting was wonderful, as was Shaheen Khan as her mother in the film. Other memorable characters include Pinky Bhamra (Archie Panjabi), Mel (Shaznay Lewis), Jules' mother Paula Paxton (Juliet Stevenson), her father Alan Paxton (Frank Harper) and Jess's friend Tony (Ameet Chana).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good show
this is a movie for all ages and a great one, loved it since I love soccer, great movie to watch with the kids!!
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and inspiring
Bend it Like Beckham is a British comedy flick about a talented girl named Jesminder (aka Jess) who loves to play soccer and has one really big problem: her rigid Punjabi Sikh... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Swadhi
4.0 out of 5 stars A winning goal !!!!!
"Bend it like Beckham" is a film about dreams, more specifically about the dream of Jess (Parminder Nagra), a young teenager who would love to play soccer as well as her idol,... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2007 by M. B. Alcat
1.0 out of 5 stars Save time and money
I just watched this movie and I feel disappointed. The original idea is very good and was for more, instead the film turns in to a cheese soap opera which I just wanted to stop. Read more
Published on July 11 2005 by chayito
5.0 out of 5 stars Oligobi?
Family values and girl power rules in this movie.
The story is about a tomboy girl growing up in a traditional Indian family, which of course is more partial for her to be... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Norliza Ismail
5.0 out of 5 stars The US thinks it's the only country that has rascism...
This is a truly wonderful story. Okay, it has some sort of silly bits, but overall it offers a moving portrait of a young Pakistani girl living in London, and coping with her... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls Rule!!!1
I THINK THIS MOVIE SENDS A GREAT MESSAGE TO YOUNG GIRLS DISPITE WHAT OTHERS HAVE YOU TO BELIEVE. HER PARENTS WERE SIMPLY WRONG FOR NOT ALLOWING HER TO FOLLOW HER PASSION (WHICH IS... Read more
Published on June 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian? I thought she was pisces?
This is just one of the many funny lines in the brilliant English movie about an Indian-English girl that defies her family and plays soccer all day. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by M. Buisman
1.0 out of 5 stars this is a bad movie, it sends a bad message for tenage girls
The underlying message I found in this movie was: It's OK to lie to and decieve your parents, if you think their wrong and you are right. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by C. YARBROUGH
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