Bend It Like Beckham
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
by Gurinder Chadha
the Story: The
story is about a teenage girl in England who idolizes Beckham
and wants to be a soccer star. She has a real gift, but the
two seemingly insurmountable obstacles she must overcome are
the absence of a professional women's league in the UK (hence
their fascination with our WUSA), and her parents, who are
Indian immigrants set in very old-fashioned ways that do not
allow daughters, among other things, to engage in contact
sports. The girl's family are portrayed as figures of ironic
fun, but with great affection -- think My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
The girl loves and respects them enough to go through sitcom
hell to conceal her growing soccer stardom from them.
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.
Movie Review and links:
Outline: The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against
her parents' traditionalism by running off to Germany with
a football team (soccer in America). IMDB
The movie was filmed in west London, specifically Hounslow
(where the main characters live) and Southall, and central
Soho for the football store and pub, and Piccadilly Circus.
Scenes were also shot in Hamburg, Germany.
Film Review: Mr Beckham ought to be proud to have
his name on such a great film