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
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 »
Joe! I'm going! They said I could go!
[Joe and Jess hug tightly]
Men in Background:
Oi, oi, oi!
I'm sorry, I forgot.
That's okay now. I'm not your coach anymore. We can do what we want.
[Joe leans in to kiss Jess. Jess wants to, but pulls back]
[quickly pulls away]
Your dad's not here is he?
I'm sorry Joe. I can't.
I thought you wanted...
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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The word football was been replaced by soccer in many US prints. See more »
Hey, check it out -- other countries can make predictable formula movies too! But seriously, even though no plot "twist" in this movie comes as a surprise, it's smartly written, full of entertaining little touches (especially concerning the main character's Panjabi family and their social circle) and thoroughly enjoyable. I came out grinning. Performances were good all around, too.
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