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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good show June 16 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this is a movie for all ages and a great one, loved it since I love soccer, great movie to watch with the kids!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and inspiring June 29 2013
By Swadhi
Format:DVD
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 family wants her to settle down, learn to cook, find a suitable husband, and quit playing sports. Amidst the usual trials of friendship and love, Jesminder, struggling to satisfy both her family and herself, ends up lying to her parents in order to go to her soccer team meetings and matches. But of course, as the saying goes, the truth will out!

There's lots to like about this movie: great acting from the main cast (especially Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightly, and Anupam Kher), plenty of entertaining dialogue, and thought-provoking juxtaposition between cultures that highlights important similarities and differences. There is overt comedy here, but there is also subtlety and nuance - kudos to director Gurinder Chadha on her sensitivity to the subject. One thing I especially appreciate is that, in essence, this is a movie about girls playing sports: it's nice to see powerful women working together, becoming friends, going after what they want, and generally kicking butt.

Of course, stories like this have been done and done again - this is your basic coming-of-age sports movie, with an added cultural twist - but Bend it Like Beckham offers entertainment and inspiration. It makes you feel good in the end, empowered to follow your dreams - and any movie that does that is all right in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winning goal !!!!! Jan. 10 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"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, David Beckham. There are two problems, though. The first is the fact that she is a girl, and the second is her very traditional Hindu family.

The first problem proves to be easily surmountable, as Jess meets Jules (Keira Knightley), a girl who happens to play in the local soccer team. Jules introduces Jess to the coach of her soccer team, Joe (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Despite some initial skepticism, Joe incorporates Jess to the team, after a great try out.

Unfortunately, Jess cannot share her happiness with her family. Her parents are immigrants from India, and even though they have lived in England for a long time they still cherish their old traditions. Of course, and according to them, a good girl shouldn't play soccer: she should think about getting married :)

As a result, Jess hides the good news from her father (Anupam Kher), mother (Shaheen Khan) and sister (Archie Punjabi), and begins to play soccer with her new team. As you can imagine, keeping her family from finding out the truth will be quite difficult and hectic. Meanwhile, we will learn some things about cultural differences, friendship, love and (why not?) soccer.

On the whole, I highly recommend this movie, even if you aren't that much into soccer. It is very entertaining, but it also helps you to reflect on our increasingly multicultural societies. I specially liked the overall positive message, and I would like to recommend this movie to you and your family. It is a winning goal :)

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars "It put me off beans on toast for life."
This charming little movie combines sports, young love, and family conflict to make an utterly entertaining comedy/drama. Read more
Published on June 15 2006 by Kona
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.
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Published on July 5 2004 by Norliza Ismail
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Published on July 2 2004 by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bend it Like Beckham Scores!
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. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
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 28 2004 by C. YARBROUGH
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