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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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Cast

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Joe
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Mr. Bhamra
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Mel
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Shaheen Khan ...
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Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Paven Virk ...
Bubbly
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Monica
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Taz
Saraj Chaudhry ...
Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joue-la comme Beckham  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (United Kingdom), 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,528, 16 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,543,449, 23 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,583,333
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jess wears #7 for the Hounslow Harriers, the number David Beckham wears for England, and once wore for Manchester United. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Bhamra grabs the remote to shut off the television, her head scarf flips a couple of times around her arm. In a following shot, it isn't around her arm at all. 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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »

Connections

Spoofs Match of the Day (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Independence Day
Written by Melanie C and Eliot Kennedy
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Melanie C (as Melanie C)
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Fun, Energetic, and Altogether Wonderful
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wow, I can't believe I waited so long to see this film. I just never got around to watching it. The plot has nothing that interests me. I know nothing about soccer (football.) I am one of those American fools that has no clue. I had never even seen David Beckham before this film. I chose to ignore the buzz surrounding this film at the time it was released in America. Enough about me.

Truth be told, it was a mistake to ignore this little piece of movie-making heaven. What a fun film. It's full of color and exuberance. I had a goofy grin on my face through the whole movie. Parminder Nagra is so sweet and lovable, you can't help but root for her. No wonder why the American television show E.R. has snatched her up. I have a new appreciation for Indian culture. Those people know how to have a good time. The wedding scenes are dazzlingly beautiful.

The only problem I had was deciphering some of the British slang and dialogue through the accents. I turned on the English subtitles to make sure I didn't miss anything. (This is not a criticism of the film!) I'm sure audiences worldwide have trouble understanding the constantly changing slang in American films as well.

This is a perfect date film. It has a great sports plot like Rocky, and a strong sense of feminism that is empowering for women. I watched it with my wife, and sixteen year old niece, and we all loved it. I highly recommend it.


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