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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2003 (USA)
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Pinky Bhamra
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Meena (as Poojah Shah)
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A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. Written by Anonymous

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An Indian girl born to play soccer for England See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joue-la comme Beckham  »

Box Office

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£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (UK) (12 April 2002)

Gross:

$32,541,719 (USA) (17 October 2003)
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Although football star David Beckham and the term "bend" are well-known in the U.K., they were virtually unknown in the U.S. As such, when the time came for the film's U.S. release, 20th Century Fox marketing execs suggested changing the title to "Move it like Mia," alluding to U.S. football (soccer) star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change and the film was released with its original title. See more »

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When Jess is playing in her first game for the Harriers, after/while she scores she is shown wearing her new silver and red Adidas boots even though she hasn't bought them yet. See more »

Quotes

Jess: Why are you doing this to me, Joe? Every time I talk myself out of it, you come around and make it sound so easy.
Joe: I guess I don't want to give up on you.
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Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) See more »

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Rail Gaddi
Written by Kuljit Bhamra
Published by Kuljit Bhamra
Vocals by Chirag Pechan
Licensed courtesy of Multitone Records/BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
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16 February 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Jess is 18, very smart and wants nothing more than to play football, when she joins a local team she has to lie to her parents again and again, as they would never approve of her chasing her dream, they want her to settle down with a nice Indian boy and learn how to cook.

Bend it Like Beckham is a very funny feel good movie that doesn't need to be deep and complex, it's just fine as it is. The cast are all very good and they play their roles very well, the story is simple and predictable, but it works perfectly and the script is very realistic and very funny.

A great Family movie 8/10


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