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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
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 executives 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 »
Jess's team, Hounslow Harriers, is playing Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the final. A woman wearing a QPR scarf is sitting behind the Harriers' bench and is seen cheering after Jules and Jess score goals against QPR. See more »
You're lucky... to have a family that cares that much about you. I can understand you don't want to mess with it.
And I don't fancy being busted by your dad again. You better get back.
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The closing credits feature cast and crew singing "Hot Hot Hot", with many of the lyrics in Punjabi. One group can be seen holding a "cheat sheet" index card, presumably with the lyrics on. See more »
The title of this film nearly put me off watching it. Not being a Manchester United fan, the mere mention of Beckham was a bit off putting, however I put my prejudices behind me and I'm glad I did.
I wasn't expecting much of a film, but I was pleasantly surprised. The film sped along with me never looking at my watch and I enjoyed every second of the film. If you liked East is East then you'll love this film. OK so the storyline is nothing new, and the classic storylines are contained within the film but it's all done very funnily, and with a breath of fresh air. The film moves very fast and keeps the audiance entertained. The occaisional funny moments are a good chuckle and not some poor attempt at humour, and best of all it's a good british comedy.
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