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Story

Bend It Like Beckham is true girl power. This glorious comedy centers on Jess (Parminder Nagra), an Indian girl born in England whose only desire is to become a football--or, as we say on this side of the Atlantic, soccer--star like her idol, David Beckham; but her traditional family refuses to even consider it. With the help of her new friend Juliet (Keira Knightley), Jess secretly joins a girls' team under the guidance of a male coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). As the team starts to gain some attention, Jess's secret can't be kept forever. The story of Bend It Like Beckham is so genuine and detailed that it transcends all the sports-movie formulas that it also fulfills with cheeky exuberance. Wonderfully acted, and written and directed with loving care by Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, What's Cooking?), this movie is pure delight from start to finish. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Audio commentary by director Gurinder Chadha and co-writer
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • "Who Wants to Cook Aloo Gobi?" - featurette
  • Making-of
  • Music video
  • Outtakes
  • Aloo Gobi recipe

Cast

Parminder NagraJesminder 'Jess' Kaur Bhamra
Keira KnightleyJuliette 'Jules' Paxton
Jonathan Rhys MeyersJoe
Anupam KherMr. Bhamra
Archie PanjabiPinky Bhamra
Frank HarperAlan Paxton
Juliet StevensonPaula Paxton
Gary LinekerHimself
Alan HansenHimself
John BarnesHimself
John MotsonHimself

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Gurinder Chadha
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 1, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 2003
    EuropeNov 18, 2002
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