Reviewing: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The protagonists of Bend It Like Beckham: Jess Bhamra (left) and Jules Paxton (right).

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

by Cole Albinder

Bend It Like Beckham is one of those movies that not only entertains, but teaches as well. Through its focus on two families of different cultures (who have similar problems, nonetheless), we get some commentary on how each family operates under the umbrella of their respective cultures. Both of our protagonists, Jess and Jules, dream of playing professional soccer (referred to in Europe as association football), but their families, particularly their mothers, are against the realizing of these dreams. While you have a good idea of where the film is going in the end, it’s an enjoyable ride nonetheless.


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