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Bend It Like Beckham
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Directed By
Gurinder Chadha

Cast:
Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Archie Panjabi, Anupam Kher, Parminder K. Nagra, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis

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Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
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Movie Review by Megan
February 5th, 2007

an all round goodie

I saw this movie in the UK when it was released and loved it. I didn't think it would make it over to this side of the pond because the subject was so British-esque. But it made it over and was well received. Which has me happily thinking maybe, just maybe, we will regularly get to see some of the fine offerings that are always on the plate in Europe.

The Indo-Pak community (or Asian as they as there) is a hige one and is leaving it's mark all over films there. The second and thrid generations have been raised in the UK and don;t ebraced Bollywood like their parents do. This film seems to be the first mainstream offering just for them.

Plot is a simple one. A girl bound by cultural traditions wants to do everything else her friends do. Being an Indian girl requires that she learns to make roti and curry, be lady like in a sari and always be sweet to her Aunti-Jis. Well all this girl wants to do is play footie like her hero David Beckham. And she is damn good too. So doing what any smart girl would do in her situation, she she sneaks off to play soccer while trying to maintain life at home. But as with most double lives you are bound to get caught. And so she does. But she manages to stick to her guns and with support of her Dad gets to follow her dream.

I wouldn't classify it is as a coming of age film but who throw it in the finding one's self..that it is okay to be a little bit of a coconut (brown on the outside - white on the inside. a line used in the director's next film.)

Some of the dialogue and situations may get a little lost on those who aren't familiar with England. As for the family situation, the way parents treat their UK born Indian children..it is bang on. So worth the watch. Especially a great film for preteen girls. Tells them they can kick but and still wear lip gloss.

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