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Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 film about a very talented girl who wants nothing more from life than to play professional soccer.


When I was growing up it was all the rage to play football and basketball. Soccer was for those “other” kids who couldn’t handle being slammed to the ground by crazed lunatics in helmets and padding. That’s what I thought anyway. Now that I am a father and have watched my kids play soccer I feel that I really missed out on something cool during my younger years. The game is brilliant in so many ways that I am constantly fascinated by it. Oh well, at least I can live vicariously through my kids… right?


Bend It Like Beckham

  • Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content.
  • Released: 2002
  • Genre: Sports, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • My Opinion: I really liked it.


Jess is the teenaged daughter of an Indian couple living in London. Her parents are hard working Sikhs who want only the best for their two daughters, and as such have tolerated Jess’s love of soccer (or football for all our non-USA friends) up to a point. Now that Jess is 18 it is time that she settles down and learn how to be a proper Indian girl. The problem is she still loves soccer, oh – and she is really, REALLY good at it. She plays the occasional pick-up game in the park with her male friends, and is soon discovered by Jules – a player for the local women’s team. Jules convinces Jess to join their team, but now Jess has some big problems – like how hide her playing from her parents, especially during her older sister’s upcoming wedding. Hmm… I wonder which one will win out?


  • I enjoyed seeing the clash of culture between Jess’s Sikh upbringing and her love of a traditionally male dominated sport.
  • There were some really funny parts in the show involving “sexual identity!”
  • There is a little something in this show for everybody: a little drama, a little romance, a little comedy – oh yeah, and a little bit of soccer too! An all around fun show to watch.


  • I watched it by renting the DVD from Netflix.
  • You can purchase Bend It Like Beckham at Amazon.com or eBay.
  • You can also watch Bend It Like Beckham online via Amazon Instant Video.


  • Gracie – about a teenaged girl who is determined to play varsity soccer.