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At Theaters: 4/11/2003 On Video: 9/30/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399975
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. But Jess' dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream...and a soccer ball.
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Comedy - It's a comedy similar to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but not quite as funny. It's the story of an teen girl wanting to play soccer, which clashes with the old India traditions of her parents.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Parminder Nagra TV's TWELFTH NIGHT
Jonathan Rhys Meyers B. MONKEY
Director: Gurinder Chadha WHAT'S COOKING?
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PROFANITY: 3 S-words, several milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: Some girls are shown in their underwear while changing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in a club.
ACTION: There are a few short scenes of soccer action.
COMEDY: There are quite a few funny scenes and a few are very funny.

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "It unashamedly wears the crowd-pleaser tag, and it's likely that some critics will gripe that it's too eager to enrapture the masses. Bend It Like Beckham is enjoyable enough that the sprinkles of artificial sweetness in the mix don't do lasting or irreparable damage.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "I saw more important films at Sundance 2003, but none more purely enjoyable than "Bend It Like Beckham," which is just about perfect as a teenage coming-of-age comedy.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Screenwriters Giljit Bindra, Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha, who also directed, juggle a large cast of characters with enviable skill, and the uniformly fine performances carry the day.''

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An enjoyable comedy that older teens and adults are sure to enjoy. I predict most opinions will be "Very Good," which indicates an above average movie.

You don't need to be a soccer fan to enjoy this movie, because there's actually very little soccer shown. It's mainly a movie of teen rebellion against the old traditions of India. It's similar to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but not quite as funny.

There's a fair amount of profanity, but for families with older teens, Bend It Like Beckham is a fine movie to take the family to see.

What happens when you bend the rules to follow your dreams? Bend It Like Beckham is a new British film about a teenage girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) living in London who must make a choice between following the traditions of her Indian family or pursuing her dream of becoming a soccer sensation. Unlike her older sister, Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who abides by her parent's wishes and marries a proper Indian boy, Jess aspires to achieve the success of her idol, soccer superstar David Beckham. When she meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who also shares a passion for soccer, the two find strength in their drive to be the best. They take their talents to the field and lead their team to victory against all odds. When they both fall head over cleats for their soccer coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), their friendship is tested. When their team prepares to face their toughest opponent, Jess must confront not only her loyalty to her best friend and her family, but ultimately to herself.
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