Bend it Like Beckham

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date: March 12, 2003
DVD: September 30, 2003

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Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers


A kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister, Pinky, who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess’ dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham.

Wholeheartedly against Jess’ unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream...and a soccer ball.

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Deepak Nayar, Gurinder Chadha
Screenplay: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra
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