Bend it Like Beckham is a film about an Indian family that lives in the United Kingdom. I have trees in my back garden that are more rounded than the charactors in the film and whats more, it is more entertaining watching my trees grow. Jess Bharma is a fairly typical teen with dreams of becoming a world-class soccer player. You can choose to decline cookies e. It deals with the divided loyalties that 1st generation immigrant kids often face in wanting to be of two worlds - respectful of their cultural heritage but determined to make lives that are uniquely their own and different from their parents.
A fun, uplifting and funny movie. Where Jess's parents put their foot down and demand that she give up soccer and learn to cook a proper Indian meal, Juliette's mom a fantastic encourages her to trade her sports bra for an inflatable, cleavage enhancing one. Evidently the movie is a huge hit in England and Germany, and Parminder is well on her way to becoming a superstar. Those who choose to access this Web Site from other locations do so, on their own initiative and their own risk and are responsible for compliance with local laws. Both could learn a lot from each other. The light touch that the Director uses in dealing with cultural and gender differences is wonderful. Why are Punjabis so funny? If the information is incorrect or out of date, you may request that we amend it as appropriate.
Her expressions, her boundless energy and defiance, her ability to convey the conflict her character feels between duty to family and wishing for something more - I was completely taken in, from start to finish. It's the start of her wider fame. Jesminder and Juliette start to be friends since both girls have many things in common. Yes, this sunny little movie is about second generation Indian families in England striving to maintain traditions that kids, more British than Indian, find increasingly irrelevant. This in turn gives some hope that Juliet's mother and the older Sikh community will also overcome their politically incorrect views about homosexuality. Anupam Kher brings a sense of humanity to a role that could easily have been a caricature — that of the strict father who is torn between his own beliefs and his desire to please his daughter. A Division of Fox, Inc.
Rating: Lightweight, thoroughly charming fluff about the gulf between immigrant parents and their assimilated children and the family ties that bridge the divide. Although homosexuality does exist in the Indian culture, it is not accepted or spoken about. It has that same magic. There is a point at which you want to stand up and clap wildly - it's not at the end, so you can't, but the audience where I saw it sure wanted to. As with many movies of this nature, my daughter and I watched it together.
Only gripe is the romantic interest between the coach of the girls' team and his two star players, who are presumably 18 but not yet in university. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access this Web Site or the part of this Web Site affected by such cancellation or termination. She's strictly two-dimensional, but she's funny in a cartoonish sort of way. You transmit or provide such information at your own risk. Jess is experiencing integration with British culture. Oh yes, and did I mention that it's hilarious? Jess's open confrontations with her family stand in stark contrast with the repressed disapproval of Juliette's mother.
If there is one lesson that people should take away from this film, it is this: follow your dream. Despite the good acting of some people, among which Parminder Nagra who I already mentioned, Anupam Kher, Ameet Chana and Juliet Stevenson, the acting skills of others were making me wonder how they could make a living as actors. This was exactly the case in the film Bend it Like Beckham. Rights Granted and Restrictions on Use: The information on the Web Site is protected by copyright. The actors were great and the movie was well planned out. In addition to cultural issues, racial, gender and sexual discrimination are also dealt with by characters in the movie.