Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham


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An independent-minded young woman discovers the joys of football, much to her family's chagrin, in this upbeat British comedy drama. Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is an 18-year-old growing up in West London, where her family has taken every effort to stay in touch with its Indian heritage. Jess' father and mother (Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan) are after their daughter to go to law school, learn to cook a traditional Indian dinner, and settle down with a nice Indian boy -- the latter of which is high on the agenda of her older sister Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who is soon to wed her longtime beau Teetu (Kulvinder Ghir). However, her family is unaware that Jess has a secret passion -- football (or soccer, as it's known in North America). While Jess' enthusiasm for football star David Beckham is obvious, given the fact his photos cover the walls of her room, her parents don't know that in her spare time she likes to play a friendly game in the park with some of the boys in the neighborhood. One day, while Jess and her pals kick the ball around, she meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who is quite impressed with Jess' skills. Jules plays with a local semi-pro women's football team, the Hounslow Harriers, and she thinks Jess has what it takes to make the team. Jess knows that her parents would never approve of their daughter playing football, so she doesn't tell them, and starts spinning an increasingly complex series of lies as she tries to keep up a double life as a student and a footballer. Jess soon discovers a number of her new friends have their own problems to overcome; Jules dreams of playing pro ball in America, but has to deal with her stubborn and disapproving mother (Juliet Stevenson), while Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Hounslow's Irish coach, still struggles with the disappointment of a career as a professional athlete which was dashed by a knee injury. Bend It Like Beckham was a significant box-office success in Great Britain and Europe, but didn't reach American theaters until nearly a year after it debuted in the U.K.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2002
UPC: 4895033728320
Original Release: 2002
Source: Imports
Region Code: 3
Sales rank: 66,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Parminder Nagra Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra
Keira Knightley Juliette "Jules" Paxton
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joe
Shaheen Khan Mrs. Bhamra
Anupam Kher Mr. Bhamra
Ameet Chana Tony
Juliet Stevenson Paula
Archie Panjabi Pinky
Trey Farley Taz
Kulvinder Ghir Teetu
Frank Harper Alan
Imran Ali Gary
Saraj Chaudhry Sonny
Preeya Kalidas Monica
Shaznay Lewis Mel
Pooja Shah Meena
Paven Virk Bubbly

Technical Credits
Gurinder Chadha Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Mayeda Berges Screenwriter
Guljit Bindra Screenwriter
Simon Franks Executive Producer
Zygi Kamasa Executive Producer
Deepak Nayar Producer

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Bend It Like Beckham 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
E.Dzanda More than 1 year ago
This is a cute and cheeky British film showcasing some of Keira Knightley's early acting. The film is light-hearted and fun surrounding the British obsession with soccer and the handsome and talented David Beckham. There are some cultural differences that are brought up in the film about the expectations of an orthodox Sikh lady growing up in modern-day London. This is definitely an empowering "girly" movie, a great pick for a girls' night in.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to go see this movie with my three best friends and we went to see it as a joke becuase none of us thouht we were going to like it. RIght away we all LOVED it and cant stop talking about it. I am already pre ordering a copy of the dvd so i can own it for myself!! You have to get a copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I myself am from a Sikh family and can relate to Jess, this movie was so funny and really captures the Punjabi culture. I really enjoyed all the characters and thought everyone should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool Movie! Must Watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific comedy and wonderful story. I could not stop laughing. It's a must see for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie by far is my favorite movie, not just because Joe is hot, but because it is really a great movie that expresses culture. I watch it every weekend I even stared playing soccer because of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great soccer movie. if you dont like sports movie, you wont like this one. their is some inappropriate language and some "stuff" that isnt really meant for young kids. otherwise, its a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! If you liked My Big Fat Greek Wedding ;), then you'll love this. There are great actors in this movie: Kiera Knightley, Anupam Kher, Parmindar Nagra, and you can't forget the total blue-eyed GOD........... the one and only Jonathan Rhys-Myers. This movie'll have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Gotta watch it!!!!!;) It scored big with everyone I told to watch it and my family. Think about it ........ if everybody else liked it, then you will too. SO, WATCH THE MOVIE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DID, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
she is such a good actress and shes really good at football(soccer)!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away when I saw this film, and the acting is excellent. This is a modern classic portrait of a teen struggling against her Indian upbringing and her dreams of playing soccer just like her idol, David Beckham. This is a great movie with an outstanding breakout performance by Parminder Nagra. Keira Knightley is just as stunning as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I thought it was absolutly hilarious! Keira Knightley is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie bend it like beckman rocked. you should buy it. i am a fan now of this flim.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I winced every time Jess was caught playing soccer and her parents disapproved. Why learn how to play soccer when you can learn how to cook and clean for your future husband? Although the rules imposed on Jess seem ridiculous, it is a reality faced by many Indian girls. However, Jess came out on top against her old school parents and leaves the audience in a happy mood. Go Jess!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually my friends and I rent british movies and try to adopt an English accent, inbetween the fits giggles and the 'Girl stuff' we managed to 'oh baby' the coach and want to pick up our soccer balls and play a game. For girls who are often misjudged because they are athletes, it does send a great message with a lot of cute guys and no shirts. A real must see for all teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bend It Like Beckham is most certainly one of my favorite movies. It has a great cast and a well written script, plus, it's about football (soccer)! Bend It Like Beckham also has a great soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both really enjoyed this film. The characters were rich and humorous, and it was anything but typical fare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
me and my friends saw this movie like 10 times already! we all think joes is so hot! i like the twist of the movie that jess's parents disapprove of football, but this movie rocks on forever! you have to see this movie! GO JESS AND JULES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bend it Like Beckham is the best movie. I think there should be more movies about sports because they are very interesting. I think people that like sports, especially soccer would love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bend It Like Beckham is an exciting movie that tells a romantic love story, while also educating you about the game of soccer and the culture of India. This film held my interest and was very enjoyable to view. The characters are unforgettable, and their acting skills are amazing. The action scenes are phenominal, and the colors and graphics are really great. This movie shows how much hard work being an athlete is, and lets us view the tough moments in training before you step onto the field. Bend It Like Beckham is truly an oustanding movie that soccer fans of all kinds will love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from India myself, and this a great movie to watch! I give this one two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bend It Like Beckham is most certainly the best soccer movie ever made. It had a wonderful cast, a great script, and an excellant soundtrack. Juliet Stevenson did a beautiful job as a mother who wants her daughter to be more femi