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Bend It Like Beckham

  • We're just your average soccer players...

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
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2002
Produced byA consortium of British, German and American companies




Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas12
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Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
RapportPaul Boekkooi16
Total MovieNev Pierce10
SA India 16
International Media
Film Review (UK)Anwar Brett15
Empire (UK)Alan Morrison15
IMDB354 Netizens14
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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