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
The team that Manchester United are playing at the beginning of the movie, is the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The game we can see in the film, was a group stage game of the UEFA Champions League, held at the Old Trafford in Manchester on September 13, 2000. Manchester United won 5-1. See more »
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 »
What family would want a daughter-in-law who can run around kicking football all day but can't make round chapatis?
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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 »
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. 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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