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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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Meena (as Poojah Shah)
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Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
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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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Don't call Them Chicks! 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)  »

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Joue-la comme Beckham  »

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£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (UK) (14 April 2002)

Gross:

$32,543,449 (USA) (23 October 2003)
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A rumor regarding the film purports that by the end of the movie, Jess and Jules were originally supposed to become a couple. However, in no iteration of the script were the two ever romantically paired. 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 »

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Jess: Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?
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Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »

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Referenced in Cry Wolf (2005) See more »

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Punjabian Di Shaan
(1999)
Music by Bally Sagoo
Lyrics by Debi Makhsuspuri (as Debi Makhuspuri)
Published by Oriental Star Agencies Ltd.
Performed by Hans Raj Hans
Courtesy of Oriental Star Agencies Ltd.
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Fun, Energetic, and Altogether Wonderful
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – 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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