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Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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Sometimes, to follow your dreams…you've go to bend the rules! Audiences and critics alike are cheering wildly for this "exhilarating…terrific comedy" (Entertainment Weekly) about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field. Hailed as the year's must-see crowd pleaser that "makes you feel good and laugh out loud" (Chicago Sun-Times), "Bend It Like Beckham" scores! (Time Magazine)
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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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.
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 :)
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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great movie; showed it to my students and all of them related to it and found movie interesting despite British accentPublished 6 months ago by jessie
Bend It Like Beckham is a dvd that I purchased after being exposed to and seeing the movie on television and/or the internet (around 2005/2006 when I was living in Mayport, Florida... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stella Carrier
Received movie and not able to play it! Not happy very disappointed!Published 18 months ago by louise cameron
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS DVD!!!!
As it was ordered from overseas (I'm in Canada), it is locked and cannot be played by blue-ray players in this region. I've asked a few I.T. Read more
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