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Bend It Like Beckham back to product details

A blindsider, and a keeper
written by mkaliher2 December 4, 2010 - 2:07 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I have to admit, I rented this film just to see Keira Knightley. I wanted to see if she was as gorgeous eight years ago (She was). But this film slapped me upside the head within the first few minutes. Any attempt to describe it is futile. Let's just say that despite the rather programmatic script and the set pieces--a running joke about a mom who's convinced her athletic daughter is a lesbian, and the cliche of the platonic gay friend who saves the day--somehow, it all works.

I had never heard of director Guriner Chanha before I saw this film, but she's good. And the remarkably talented Parminder Nagra absolutely stole the show as Jesminder Kaur Bhamra, a young Sikh woman in London struggling to assert herself in the adult world. Some tacky furniture, Indian girls who act like Jersey girls, and a crazy Sikh wedding help set up a near-perfect mix of humor and pathos that wins you over.

Knightley's role turned out to be a supporting one, but she was typically strong as Jes's best friend and sometime foe, contributing just what Nagra and Chanha needed.

light, fun, a little different
written by alexjb September 12, 2005 - 7:00 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
like other GC reviewers, i found bend it to be light and easy and enjoyable- more so than i expected, and more so than a standard american coming of age movie- at least partially because it focuses on tomboy girls and culture-shift issues with first-gen immigrant kids.

i also wanted to point out that the DVD specifically has some compelling extras - there's the commentary track, of course, the featurette, and then there's the director making aloo gobi in a restaurant kitchen while her mom and aunt watch and comment, which is really funny to see and makes you feel the sincerity behind the film's themes.

bend it bent me
written by cubbycreatureb November 23, 2003 - 2:41 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
bend is at best an amusing but cheesy feel-good teen romance. i would normally consider a movie like this unwatchable, but i found bend to be very watchable because 1) it takes place in england, 2) it deals with the traditional values that an immigrant indian family places on its youngest daughter versus her desire to be like other english girls, which i found to be rather interesting 3) the sport being played is soccer, and 4) it stars parminder nagra, who is so darn beautiful (hey, it's ok, she's actually 28 years old, though she plays a teenager in the film) you immediately want to watch everything she's been in. i therefore recommend this film, but say don't expect anything more than a cheesy, fun, feel-good movie.

Good natured Fun
written by marazanvose October 30, 2003 - 2:19 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Bend It's a fun film, and it provides an interesting glimpse into Indian life, and the struggles of today's youth with the ancestry and traditions of their parents and families that have been handed down for hundreds of years. Plus, Keira Knightley is rather easy on the eyes (as is Parminder Nagra, definitely!)

All around good fun, a great popcorn movie.


(Average 7.07)
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