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Bend It Like Beckham

Sometimes, to follow your dreams, you've go to bend the rules! Jess was born in England to an Indian family, and she dreams of becoming a soccer star, just like her idol, David Beckham — but her traditional family refuses to allow her to play. When she meets Juliet, who plays on a local girls' team, Jess decides to secretly join the team. But as she develops her skills and the team starts gaining attention, will Jess be able to keep her secret, or can she convince her parents to flex enough to allow her to play the game she loves?

Audiences and critics alike cheered wildly for this "exhilarating terrific comedy" (Entertainment Weekly) about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field.

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Bend It Like Beckham is true girl power. This glorious comedy centers on Jess (Parminder Nagra), an Indian girl born in England whose only desire is to become a football — or, as we say on this side of the Atlantic, soccer — star like her idol, David Beckham; but her traditional family refuses to even consider it. With the help of her new friend Juliet (Keira Knightley), Jess secretly joins a girls' team under the guidance of a male coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). As the team starts to gain some attention, Jess's secret can't be kept forever.

The story of Bend It Like Beckham is so genuine and detailed that it transcends all the sports-movie formulas that it also fulfills with cheeky exuberance.

Wonderfully acted, and written and directed with loving care by Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, What's Cooking?), this movie is pure delight from start to finish. -- Bret Fetzer

Product Details

Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 12 and up
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Actors Parminder K Magra, Keira Knightley
Director Gurinder Chadha
Running Time 112 minutes
Studio 20th Century Fox
Release Date Sep 30, 2003
Language English