Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham
  • PG-13
  • 1h 52m
  • 2003
Certified Fresh85%
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Instead of wanting to be like her older sister, who is preparing to be a traditional Indian wife, young Jess (Parminder Nagra) dreams of playing soccer professionally, like her hero David Beckham! Eventually, her family must decide whether or not to let Jess chase her dream – and a soccer ball – in this insightful romantic comedy that also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keira Knightley.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.
TIME Magazine
Jumana Farouky

The acting is as nimble as the footwork.

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes t...

June 21, 2017
Derek Elley

More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadh...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bend It Like Beckham has strong themes of teamwork, friendship, and parents learning to support their children's interests/dreams. Expect some swearing (inlcuding a few uses of "s--t") and innuendo, as well as kissing and an implied sexual situation between a couple committed to marrying each other. Sexual orientation is discussed, and several of the under 21-year-old characters have a beer or a glass of wine, but they drink responsibly and are of legal age in the UK/Germany, where the scenes take place. Jess hides her soccer playing from her family and lies to protect her secret, but ultimately she's a driven, ambitious female character who follows her heart's desire.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:March 12, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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