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Bend It Like Beckham (2003)



Critic Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.

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An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister, Pinky, who is preparing for a lavish Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapati, Jess dreams of playing soccer professionally, like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess' unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her, than with holding her back. 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--or follow a more orthodox path.

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Parminder Nagra
as Jesminder Bhamra
Keira Knightley
as Juliette Paxton
Anupam Kher
as Mr. Bhamra
Shaheen Khan
as Mrs. Bhamra
Archie Panjabi
as Pinky Bhamra
Frank Harper
as Alan Paxton
Juliet Stevenson
as Paula Paxton
Paven Virk
as Bubbly
Harvey Virdi
as Teetu's Mom
Ash Varrez
as Teetu's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Bend It Like Beckham

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (47)

The film caricaturises every character, save the lead players and their sympathisers, in the most obvious manner.

January 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.

October 14, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The acting is as nimble as the footwork.

August 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.

March 26, 2007 | Full Review…

More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

March 26, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Delightfully upbeat, it will send you back out onto the street grinning from ear to ear.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bend It Like Beckham


A funny and uplifting tale about self discovery and acceptance. An enjoyable watch for the whole family, can be enjoyed by football fans and haters alike.

Graham Willis
Graham Willis

Super Reviewer


A thoroughly enjoyable movie thats worth a watch! Nice to see us Brits have still got it!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Bend It Like Beckham is a fun movie about a British Indian girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) who loves the game of soccer more than anything, but is encouraged by her traditional parents to abandon her passion and focus on other areas of her life, like finding a husband. She lies and defies them in order to keep playing, but her deceit causes friction at home, while a love triangle develops between Jess, her coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and her best friend on the team (Keira Knightly). It may not be an original story, but it's a fun one that's frequently joyous to watch, and the focus on Indian culture made it seem fresh to me. The acting and soccer match scenes are equally well done, and the themes of culture clash and following one's dreams will be easy to sympathize with for most people. Bend It Like Beckham is just a good, solid, entertaining family flick to watch. The movie was clearly made with a respect for Punjabi culture and a genuine love for soccer. It's hard not to like; give it a try.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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