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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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

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Joe
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Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Paven Virk ...
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Saraj Chaudhry ...
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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Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham? 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

Budget:

£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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Trivia

This was the first Western film allowed to be shown in North Korea. See more »

Goofs

When Jules is in her bed depressed, she takes the picture of her and Joe and crumples it. But when it is seen in the trash, it only has a few creases in it and it looks pretty intact. See more »

Quotes

Paula: Get your lesbian feet out of my shoes!
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Additional thanks to ... Nikki & Gary at Action Vehicles See more »

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Referenced in The Office: Halloween (2005) See more »

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Pag Ghungroo
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From the film Namak Halaal (1982) (as Namak Halal)
Courtesy of Satyender Pal Chaudhry
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A fun, refreshing movie
3 November 2004 | by (Missouri, Usa) – See all my reviews

Okay, first of I hate commenting on this thing but I felt like I had to stand up for this movie. So many people were bashing on it and I felt like people who might want to see it should get a second opinion.

First off, Bend It Like Beckham is not meant to be the most profound movie of the century. If that's what you're looking for go somewhere else. Just because it is an independent film does not mean it has to be artsy. It's supposed to make you feel good and you're supposed to have fun watching it and those two things are handily accomplished.

Secondly, the acting though not "Halle Berry in Monster's Ball" is still good. The movie doesn't need acting like that honestly so don't look for it. It's a family movie. If that's what you wanted you wouldn't or shouldn't even be looking into this movie honestly.

Lastly, It has a really cute story. I think it's thought out well and it's entertaining to watch. It's also very true to life for the most part for that culture so if you want to sit down and watch a movie that you can enjoy and feel good about when you're finished. If you're looking for something with deep thought out plot lines and big dramatic scenes this is not for you.

-Lyndsay


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