Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

(2002)

Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham?

A teenage daughter of strict traditional Sikh parents has eyes for soccer stardom in this UK rom-com and surprise box office charmer. With the aid of her best friend Jules (Keira Knightley), Jesminder (Parminder Nagra) secretly embarks on a trip to Germany with a football team in the hopes of taking her sporting talent to the next level.

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  • Coming after Monsoon Wedding and My Son the Fanatic, Bend It Like Beckham seems like a step backward. Full Review

  • Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action. Full Review

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