- Title Bend It Like Beckham
- Director Gurinder Chadha
- Year 2002
- Run time 1hr 52m
- Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
- Tagline Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules!
Football-mad Jess is 18, smart, beautiful and can bend a ball better than any boy she knows. She's set her heart on playing for a top women's footie team, but there's one problem: her strict parents want her to settle with a nice Indian boy and learn how to cook! Flying in the face of her parents' disapproval, Jess and her best mate Jules make a name for themselves in the Beautiful Game, but then love rears its head for them both in the form of their fit (in more ways than one) coach Joe.
|1:52||Actual Gary Lineker and football people!|
|4:29||Why can’t you wear something just because someone else is?|
|8:41||How have they fitted that many people in a house that size?|
|14:13||“We get just as many trophies as the men’s side do.” Aaaand none of the recognition.|
|16:12||Leave Sporty Spice alone!|
|17:00||Calling Shaznay Mel is a bit crazy.|
|21:55||“We let you play all you wanted when you were young. You’ve played enough.” Ha!|
|41:28||It is the short hair’s fault, not the culture.|
|46:20||Yay for going to Hamburg and not Paris.|
|49:15||Is this soundtrack all Mel C or what?|
|1:00:06||There are so many sticks in this film and they’ve all been gotten the wrong end of.|
|1:00:45||“George Michael is still a superstar and you still listen to Wham.”|
|1:13:38||Offside rule demonstrated by condiments.|
|1:33:47||“Get your lesbian feet out of my shoes.” Has there been a greater line in cinema history?|
|1:38:59||The dad is an actual heartbreaker.|
|1:42:45||Is… Jo the hero of this story? Pro girls team, confronts his dad, etc.|
|2:44:15||“We’ll tackle my mum and dad then,” she says as if they weren’t just snogging in the airport.|
Such a fun film, I can’t believe we haven’t watched this one before - it’s a cult classic and everything! It contained a few surprises, like when a random All Saints member popped up, but ultimately was that coming-of-age, choosing your passion over your parents, story that you can’t help but root for. Great soundtrack, great drama, and plenty of football too.
The only reason this isn’t a five out of five film is some of the early scenes looked and felt so cheap - I don’t know whether the movie settled into itself, or the football stuff was easier to film than the street stuff, but at first I was worried we were in for another Mamma Mia. Thankfully, it found its feet, pun intended!
Rating: 4 / 5