Bend It Like Beckham

Synopsis: A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

And David Beckham gets the ball

yet again for Manchester United.

He's really taking responsibility

every time they have possession

and this is really a reflection of the way

he's been playing and captaining England.

Seems to have matured so much as a player

and he's dominating proceedings here,

but...hoping perhaps to get

a bit more support

as he gathers the ball on this

right-hand touchline time after time.

And the Old Trafford crowd warming now

to the way Beckham is taking over.

But there's a big question mark

here against United,

because where is

the goal gonna come from

- to break down Anderlecht?

- United!

Will it be Scholes?

Could it possibly be Ryan Giggs?

Would it indeed be Beckham himself

who breaks through?

Anderlecht are playing

a very controlled game.

This is Radzinski for them,

testing the United defence,

and Silvestre here at left back,

possibly with a chance to

break forward now on the other flank.

And there's the ball

that Beckham really wants.

That looked like a body check there,

but he's shrugged off the defender.

Still Beckham, plenty in the middle.

lt's a decent cross, and there is Bhamra.

That's a fine header,

and she's scored!

lt's a goal by Jess Bhamra!

A superb header here,

beating the defender

and planting the ball beyond

the goalkeeper's left hand.

Jess Bhamra makes a name for herself

at Old Trafford!

And have we discovered

a new star here, Gary Lineker?

That's right, John. Could Bhamra be

the answer to ngland's prayers? Alan?

There's no denying the talent.

Quick thinking, comfortable on the ball,

vision and awareness -

absolutely magnificent.

l tell you what,

l wish she was playing for Scotland!

John, have ngland found the player

to relive their World Cup glory from '66 ?

Definitely, Gary, we've finally found

the missing piece of the jigsaw

and the best thing is,

she's not reached her peak yet.

O. Thanks, John.

Well, we're joined in the studio now

by Jess's mother, Mrs Bhamra.

Mrs Bhamra, you must be

very proud of your daughter.

Not at all!

She shouldn't be running around with men,

showing her bare legs to 70,000 people!

She's bringing shame on the family

and you three shouldn't encourage her!

Jesminder, you get back home now!

Jesminder, are you listening to me?

Jesminder, have you gone mad?

- Mum!

- Football, shootball!

Your sister's getting engaged

and you're watching this skinhead boy!

Mum, it's Beckham's corner!

ey, come downstairs.

Your sister's going crazy.

Mum, l can't hang around all day!

l've gotta go!

Mum, where are my keys?

l can't find them anywhere!

Sick of this wedding

and it hasn't even started.

Mum, can you hurry up?!

She'll probably ruin it for me!

That girl is a first-class b*tch!

Pinky, you've got so many others!

Yeah, but it was all planned.

Now l gotta get another one!

- Will you get a move on?!

- What the hell's going on?

Get this, yeah?

Teet's bloody sister says

she's wearing baby pink now.

Stupid cow.

l had matching accessories and everything!

Oh, Mum, do l have to go shopping again?

My mother chose

all my 21 dowry suits herself.

l never once complained.

You girls are too spoilt!

Don't forget my dhania,

four bunches for a pound.

And more carrots. l'm making achar.

Oh, Mum, don't do pickle as well!

Am l asking you two to make it?!

- i, Pinky!

- You all right?

Yeah. What you doin' 'ere, man?

You haven't left everything

to the last minute?

One more day of freedom!

- Where d'you get your contacts?

- Do you like 'em?

Just thought they went with my hair, innit?

My fianc don't like dyed hair.

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Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha, (born 10 January 1960) is an English film director of Kenyan Asian origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in England. This common theme among her work showcases the trials of Indian women living in England and how they must reconcile their converging traditional and modern cultures. Although many of her films seem like simple quirky comedies about Indian women, they actually address many social and emotional issues, especially ones faced by immigrants caught between two worlds. Much of her work also consists of adaptations from book to film, but with a different flare. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), and the comedy film It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010). Her latest feature is the partition drama Viceroy's House (2017). more…

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