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Bend It Like Beckham
An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister, Pinky, who is preparing for a lavish Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapati, Jess dreams of playing 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting is as nimble as the footwork."
‑ Jumana Farouky, TIME Magazine
"Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action."
‑ , Time Out
"Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Chadha does a decent job directing, while Parminder Nagra does a good job acting. The movie's main problem is that it's a little more fussy than it needs to be."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It reminds you why these formulas are still around, because every now and then, they really do work."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Every generation has to discover the same clichés that were drummed into previous generations, and kids could do worse than to learn them from this film."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Is satisfying and all the while entertaining to watch from start to finish..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Delightfully upbeat, it will send you back out onto the street grinning from ear to ear."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Suffice it to say this is a delightful, uplifting treat, whether you like soccer or not (and I don't)."
‑ Tony Medley,
"More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"As Spencer Tracy once said of Katharine Hepburn, there's not much meat there, but what's there is choice."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A comedy with heart and substance."
‑ , Film4
"Formulaico do início ao fim, não convence nem mesmo em suas seqüências envolvendo futebol %u2013 apesar da boa dinâmica entre Nagra e Knightley."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"its irresistible charms and performances are what linger and make Beckham a popcorn, er, samosa flick worth savoring."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
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