Bend It Like Beckham


In this cultural clash, our heroine is a young Indian girl living in England. She secretly plays soccer for a local team, while her mother is more interested in grooming her for a suitable marriage. Her activities first ruin her sister's upcoming marriage, then her friend's mom thinks they are lesbians, and there is competition for the love interest. In some ways, an ''East is East'' version of ''Billy Elliot''.


110 minutes.
Parental Guidance .
Comedy

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Credits

Cast
Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Anupam Kher
Director
Gurinder Chadha
ScreenplayPaul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra, Gurinder Chadha
MusicCraig Pruess
CinematographyJong Lin
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby
Made in2002
Produced byA consortium of British, German and American companies





Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
12
Cape Argus
Aldrin Naidu
15
The Cape Times
Rafiek Mammon
15
The Star
Tanya Farber
16
Die Burger
Hannelie Booyens
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
Rapport
Paul Boekkooi
16
Total Movie
Nev Pierce
10
SA India
16
Film Review
Anwar Brett
15
Empire
Alan Morrison
15

What the People say

Internet
354 Netizens
14

Average .. 73%

15

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Well, it's not Bridgit Jones, but I enjoyed this more than East is East. This time it is the Sikh community which is ripped off, serving as a backdrop to a teen romantic comedy. Teenagers should enjoy it, they should drag their parents along as well if possible, for a look at the problems in a multicultural society not all that different from our own. A feel-good girlie movie. There is not much humour in the first half, but it picks up after half time.






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