Bend It Like Beckham (2002) weaves together comedy, drama, sports, romance and coming of age genres endearingly and with originality.
Jess obsesses over soccer superstar David Beckham. She has the talent. Her intricate footwork and ball-handling skills have the boys floundering at the local park. That’s where she spends nearly every spare minute.
Yet dare Jess dream of becoming a professional footballer?
She never knew girls even had teams until Jules, on a jog through the park, happens to take notice. Jess’ spunk and perserverance impress Jules as much as her skills. Jules asks Jess to try out for a spot on her team – the (fictional) Houndslow Harriers.
Jess is soon the Harriers’ rising star. The girls become good friends. Both dream of fame and fortune playing professionally in America.
Parminda Nagra as Jasminder “Jess” Bhamra, Keira Knightly as Juliette “Jules” Paxton and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe do a fine acting job. The supporting cast is occasionally a bit wooden and, though entertaining, a scene or two might just as easily have been left on the cutting room floor. But those are nitpicks.
In the wake of huge commercial success in Britain in 2002, Bend It Like Beckham was released theatrically in the US a year later. It met critical acclaim and has won many awards and honors, including the 2003 Golden Globe award for best comedy. It inspired a highly successful musical play.
If you watch Bend It Like Beckham and fast-forward thru all the parts with Jonathon Rhys Meyers, it's a really touching lesbian love story
The film masterfully juggles serious themes – prejudice, gender roles and identity, family obligation and cultural tradition versus individual choice. Its brilliance lies in its light-handed, always humorous touch. It’s perfect for adults, teens and thoughtful children.
My dad's idea of father daughter bonding is watching Bend It Like Beckham together ?⚽
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