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  Bend It Like Beckham
("Bend it" refers to a kicking technique that causes the ball to curve in midair, much like a pitcher's curveball does in baseball.) And while she doesn't have much of a shot at becoming the first female member of Manchester United, she is a pretty snazzy player in her own right.
British import Bend It Like Beckham encourages moviegoers to chase after whatever that thing happens to be with zest and passion.
Bending the rules doesn't get Jess what she wants; it's her father's unconditional love for her that finally prompts him to set aside his own likes and dislikes to make room for her dreams.
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  Bend it Like Beckham
Beckham is the inspiration behind Bend it Like Beckham, a wonderfully fun film that takes a number of standard, familiar plots, rolls them all into one, and does it so deftly that it doesn't matter that this is a predictable movie.
Like most generation gap type movies, much of the humor derives from watching the parents.
They want her to grow up like they did, and don't realize that the culture Jess lives in is very different from the one they grew up in.
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  Bend Like Beckham - score 3 goals from various points of the field.
To bend the shot to the left, release the mouse button when the white ball is to the left.
To bend the shot to the right, release the mouse button when the white ball is to the right.
Bend Like Beckham game is copyrighted or trademarked by its respective owner or author.
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 Opinion: He can still bend it like Beckham - Soccer - MSNBC.com
It was always a given that Beckham would play in the MLS at some point in his career, but most people assumed that it would happen at a later day when he was closer to calling it quits.
Beckham is probably the one player who is capable of filling stadium seats with the most casual of American fans.
Beckham's arrival may legitimize the MLS not only in the eyes of soccer fans around the world, but also in the eyes of foreign stars who may begin to view the league with greater interest.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
Bend It Like Beckham is that surpisingly rare object in current cinema: a fun movie with no hang-ups.
Bend It Like Beckham is a sports movie and a family movie rolled into one, featuring a heroine who is torn between her devotion to soccer - on second thought, let's just call it footie to preserve the cultural vibe - and her desire to prevent any friction at home.
On first glance, Jess's parents may seem like the ultimate stereotypes of immigrant parents in the new world, but the tightness of the script and Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan's comic timing make them appear as merely worried guardians who expect trouble but are willing to put up with most of it.
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 Bend it Like Beckham   (Site not responding. Last check: )
When I was a stroppy teenager and refused to dress up like a Christmas tree in an Indian outfit for a family wedding, my Mum wrung her hands in despair but Dad laughed and let me wear my favourite sky blue three-piece polyester flared suit.
Little boys want to play like him, women (and lots of men!) want to snatch him away from his wife Posh Spice and take him home to their families, everyone agrees he's an amazing player and he looks gorgeous in a sarong.
When I get my breath back it dawns on me that Beckham's uncanny ability to 'bend' the ball around a wall of players into the goal is a great metaphor for what young girls (and film directors) go through.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Beckham can be summed up with two clichés: “follow your heart” and “girl power!” It feels dated, like it was made during the peak of the Spice Girls career.
Bend It Like Beckham appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
The DVD release of Bend It Like Beckham included a moderate roster of extras that open with an audio commentary from the married couple of director Gurinder Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges.
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Jess has a Beckham shrine in her room and aches to play The Beautiful Game as well as he does, as depicted in the opening scene (a dream sequence) involving the legendary John Motson calling a ManU vs. Anderlecht Champions League clash where Beckham assists her winning goal.
While the humor (culture clash) and theme (Jess is bending her parents' strict rules like Beckham's rainbow crosses into the box) are hardly anything new, Bend It matches the quality found in recent Brit hits About a Boy and Billy Elliot (the latter shares many similarities with Bend It).
Bend It might be the kind of festival film you really dig when you're seeing it with an enthusiastic audience (I saw it at the big fest in Toronto), but then seems much more contrived than you had originally thought when you catch it a second time.
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 All-Reviews.com Movie/Video Review: Bend It Like Bekham
Gurinder Chadha's "Bend It Like Beckham" takes on that very theme in a rollicking movie with an exuberance that one of my British friends tells me is fairly rare in comedies produced on the specter'd isle.
The movie, which is co-written by director Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges, takes us to two communities in West London and Southall, one inhabited by a boisterous population of ethnic Indians, at least one of whom had emigrated from Kenya, and one housing a family of blondes who are traditional in their own way.
Jess Bhamra (Parminder K. Nagra), a high-school senior who worships a professional soccer player named Beckham as evidenced by a large picture in her room, is about to enter an English college and is encouraged by her dad (Anupam Kher) and Mom (Shaheen Khan) to emulate her soon-to-be-married older sister Pinky (Archie Panjabi).
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Yet, her conservative parents don't think it's right for her and want her to adhere to their traditions and find a man to marry, much like Pinky will be doing in a few weeks.
A woman's breasts are referred to as mosquito bites and that a dress will make them look like some sort of juicy fruit (what a dressmaker says about Jess).
A comment is made that a person was caught "shagging" one of his players.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2003): Reviews
Like the rest of the film, Beckham's climax is surprisingly satisfying, however, in large part because director Gurinder Chadha films the competing big game and big fat Indian wedding of Nagra's sister with equivalently bursting levels of color, panache, and verve.
There's nothing terribly bad about Bend It Like Beckham -- in fact it's a fine Friday-night-out film -- it's just that it strikes me as being an awful little piffle cloaked in the garb of something so much more.
Bend It Like Beckham is supposedly a movie about youth; its biggest shortcoming is that it rarely feels young.
www.metacritic.com /film/titles/benditlikebeckham   (1067 words)

 Bend Like Beckham
To bend your shot, watch the moving white ball.
To bend the shot to the left, release the mouse button when the white ball is to the left.
To bend the shot to the right, release the mouse button when the white ball is to the right.
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 Facts about David Beckham David Beckham Biography
His freekicks are so remarkable that the movie "Bend It Like Beckham" was made in honor of his skills.
Beckham captained England for the first time in a friendly match in Italy and retained the armband for the friendly with Spain and the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Finland, against whom he scored an important goal at Anfield.
The 2002/03 season was not a memorable one for Beckham as he found himself on the bench for some key matches.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Beckham can be summed up with two clichés: “follow your heart” and “girl power!” It feels dated, like it was made during the peak of the Spice Girls career.
Bend It Like Beckham appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
The DVD release of Bend It Like Beckham included a moderate roster of extras that open with an audio commentary from the married couple of director Gurinder Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges.
dvdmg.com /benditlikebeckham.shtml   (1990 words)

 The Popkorn Junkie :: Bend It Like Beckham
The Popkorn Junkie :: Bend It Like Beckham
And, that is essentially what "Bend It Like Beckham" is--a teenage coming-of-age saga that manages to speak on several different levels.
With all of the violence and depravity in the world today, especially of late, "Bend It Like Beckam" is a nice change of pace with a solid message and incredible performances.
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 Bend it like Beckham
Like her, there are over two million Asians born and bred in England who have faced an identity crisis.
The title of the film is derived from the famous Beckham free kick which curls into the goal and has fetched his club and country many titles.
But, as of now, like Mira Nair, she is happy being labelled as the mascot of Punjabis in England and in Bend It Like Beckham she very meticulously mirrors the joys and depressions of the community.
www.the-south-asian.com /May-2002/Bend_it_like_Beckham.htm   (1169 words)

 Austin360 Movies: 'Bend it Like Beckham' Reviews --- New York Times
"Bend It Like Beckham," a genial ethnic sports comedy directed by Gurinder Chadha, was a big hit in Britain last year, and Fox Searchlight deserves credit for releasing it in this country with a title that will be, to much of the American audience, utterly incomprehensible.
Beckham is David Beckham, star of the Manchester United soccer team (and the husband of one of the Spice Girls).
The observation "nobody bends it like Beckham," from which the title derives, apparently refers to his ability to curve the ball past the opposing goalkeeper.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - PopMatters Film Review
"Nobody can bend it like Beckham," she beams, referring to his extraordinary ability to warp space in order to get the ball to the goal.
Bend It Like Beckham takes Jess' perspective seriously, treating her as a girl with a complicated experience, understandable ambitions, and messy emotional responses to restrictions that will be familiar, in various ways, to viewers her age as well as those who remember what it was like to be that age.
And, like Jess, Jules looks forward to a future that includes football: Jules hopes to make it to university in the States, on a soccer scholarship; her bedroom walls are plastered with pictures of Mia Hamm.
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 Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
Billy Elliot meets East Is East in Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha's gentle, culture-clash comedy in which athletics serve as an unlikely agent of youthful rebellion.
As if Jess' conflict with her family weren't enough, there is the fight between Jess and Jules, the complications surrounding Jess' sister's (Archie Panjabi) upcoming wedding, Jules' battles with her daffy mom, and Jess' budding (and forbidden) romance with Joe.
She learns how to bend it like Beckham on the field all right, and she also bends the world to her will.
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 REVIEWS ARCHIVE: Bend It Like Beckham
However, as Jess's deceptions add up, and the thumb of her parents presses down hard, she must decided for the first time in her life what is best for her future, and chase after it without looking back.
"Bend It Like Beckham" is filled with terrific ideas, trapped in a picture that doesn't have the time to fully develop any of them.
But "Beckham" is also a teen lust picture, a meditation on the contrasting nature of traditional Indian customs in England, and, eventually, a wedding film (shades of last year's smash "Monsoon Wedding").
www.ifvchicago.com /reviews/archive/bendit.shtml   (631 words)

 Welcome to Ethics Daily.com!
“Bend It Like Beckham” tells a simple story about a talented young person, Jesminder or Jess for short, who defies her cultural upbringing and her parents by playing soccer for a local girls team.
Beckham follows in the tradition of films like 1989’s “Dead Poet’s Society” and 2000’s “Billy Elliot.” In both of those films, and many others through the years, young people have defied their parents and followed their dreams.
“Beckham” makes it very clear that the teachings of the Sikhs, like the teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, command that children honor and obey their parents.
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 UGO.com Film/TV - Bend It Like Beckham review
Beckham has significant sex appeal (he's married to "Posh" Spice in real life and has been voted best male body, etc.), the faux relationship Jes has with Beckham not one of a young girl's infatuation, but one of respect for his talent.
In Beckham, she is a tall and slender athlete whose soccer abilities appear to be on display.
Bend It hardly missteps getting much mileage out of Jules's mother's struggles with her daughter's new friend, an Indian girl whose relationship with her daughter appears to be a little too close.
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 Bend It Like Beckham reviewed by Steve Sailer for The American Conservative; Sikh, soccer, Jesminder, My Big Fat Sikh ...
American immigrant teen movies, like last year's Mexican-American "Real Women Have Curves," typically ask whether the daughter should stay close to her working class family or pursue higher education.
If humans were built like horses, soccer would be the perfect sport, but as a game for a species with opposable thumbs, it's played with the wrong set of limbs.
Another example of the film's American approach: "Beckham" assumes that because Jesminder's traditionalist mother won't let her play in the girls' league final instead of taking part in her sister's nuptials, she's justified in acting like a big drip through all the ceremony and celebration.
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 'Bend It Like Beckham' - MOVIE REVIEW - Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com
That would be her idol, David Beckham, England's premier soccer professional, the cultural equivalent of Michael Jordan and the namesake of "Bend It Like Beckham," a smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic comedy that blends tradition and modernity on screen as adroitly as teenage Jess does in her irresistibly complicated life.
There is a reality underneath "Beckham's" easy humor, an impeccable sense of milieu that is the result of knowing the culture intimately enough to poke fun at it while understanding its underlying integrity.
Like Jess, she grew up in London's Southall neighborhood in a Sikh Punjabi family, and she knows where the jokes are in girls equally comfortable with traditional Indian greetings and the latest British slang and clothing styles.
www.calendarlive.com /movies/reviews/cl-et-turan12mar12,0,1968425.story   (944 words)

 AboutFilm.com - Bend It Like Beckham (2001)
Gurinda Chadha's slight comedy-drama Bend It Like Beckham, a worldwide hit in 2002 topping the charts in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, is the latest little British film that could.
For the uninitiated, it refers to world famous English soccer superstar David Beckham, and his uncanny ability to bend the flight of a ball and bend the 'rules' governing what a soccer player should be.
If Bend It Like Beckham had stuck to what it was good at, it might have found itself in the same league as Billy Elliot, Brassed Off, or The Full Monty, but instead is strictly second division fare.
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 BBC NEWS | South Asia | Football film spurs on Indian girls
Girls in India have been so inspired by the recent hit film Bend It Like Beckham - in which a football-mad girl defies her family to pursue sport - that there has been an explosion in interest.
Bend It Like Beckham has helped in the way that it's opened everyone's eyes to the fact girls can also play
Bend It Like Beckham makes fun of people who say an Indian girl's marriage prospects will be ruined if she excels on a football pitch instead of in the kitchen.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/south_asia/2668147.stm   (545 words)

 Modamag.com |Bend It Like Beckham (DVD Review)
Jesminder (Paraminder Nagra, “ER”) is a young girl who has just graduated from high school and is spending her last summer before college helping the family with her sister’s impending wedding, listening to her elders and playing football (soccer as it’s called in the US) in the park with her friends.
If there is a weakness in “Bend It Like Beckham”, it’s that at almost 2 hours in length, it does begin to feel too long and the end of the film keeps going and going and going.
“Bend It Like Beckham” could have been another run-of-the-mill production, but it’s saved because of some engaging field action, our unfamiliarity with the Indian family dynamic and an overall sense of fun.
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