Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.
The most enjoyable portions for me were: 1. Seeing the girls' skills with the exception of Parminder, Keira Knightley & Shaznay Lewis, the rest of the girls were serious players - & even the actresses did a great job on the field. 2. Juliet Stevenson as Keira's mum hysterical. Anupam Kher as Parminder's father - heartwarming & believable. Not that the rest weren't believable in their roles but many of them seemed a bit over the top/stereotypical/flat to me. 3. Seeing the introduction of Indian Sikh culture as expressed in a second-generation family facing modern realities in England. Just seeing this on screen is important, IMHO.
Being as this is near the beginning of Gurinder's directing career, the film is still a bit disjointed. Much of the movie tugs away from the main story to seem more like her personal platform to put a spin on her personal history, introduce her own culture to a new audience, show that people (regardless of culture) really aren't that different, & haul in her relatives to have fun than a contribution to the overall whole. For example, the fight scene at the wedding didn't contribute anything to the storyline & really should have been edited out.
On the other hand, Gurinder's tendency to give the actors a long leash ended up bringing in the parallels between the discrimination Parminder's character faced as an Indian & Sikh & those her coach must have faced as an Irishman in England as well as a more personal side of Parminder as she explains how she ended up with the horrific RL burn on her thigh which adds depth to her character and draws the viewer closer to the actress and overall story.
It was fun to see that the actors, crew & Gurinder's family had fun on the project but it's not a film I feel overly compelled to watch again.
- Feb 13, 2007