Bend It Like Beckham
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Sometimes, to follow your dreams?you've go to bend the rules! Audiences and critics alike are cheering wildly for this "exhilarating?terrific comedy" (Entertainment Weekly) about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field. Hailed as the year's must-see crowd pleaser that "makes you feel good and laugh out loud" (Chicago Sun-Times), "Bend It Like Beckham" scores! (Time Magazine)
- 10 deleted/extended scenes
- "Who Wants to Cook Aloo Gobi?" featurette
- "The Making of Bend It Like Beckham" featurette
- Music video
- Aloo Gobi recipe
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I won't mention the story here, but it was absolutely wonderful. While there are reminiscence of My Big Fat Greek Wedding here, it's unfair to compare the two in such a way. I certainly think that this movie can stand on its own feet without striking the chords with Greek Wedding audiences. It's also true that's there nothing new here, but everything is told with such refreshing honesty. As an Asian American who've just gone through a similar experience, it was a little bit odd to watch the story unfold on the screen with such familiarity, though it made me relate to the movie on a deeper than just superficial level. I can't wait to get this movie for my own collection!
There's just a bit here for everyone: sports, romance, cultural barriers, generational clashes and various other themes. This isn't a perfect movie, but it certainly comes very close. And while this may sound like the average sports flick, it isn't. In fact, to call it just a sport flick would be sorely mis-categorizing it for it is a movie that revolves around the 2 girls playing soccer, not a sports movie revolving around soccer.
The story is fresh and while the theme may not be you don't notice it because the characters, both Indian and British, are well crafted and greatly portrayed. The Indian family is of course very idiosyncratic and the director, being Indian, pokes a little fun at her own culture -- of course with the best intentions. But she doesn't save this just for the Indians, "Jules" parents (the English Set) are two riotously humorous characters.
Beyond this, the script is so well written with fresh humor and great sequencing. I think the film really is a gem. The best part about the film is its wide appeal. This is one of those rare movies you can watch with your extended family and they will all love it. Of course the film resonates best with adolescents but I haven't found a single person who hasn't said this film is at least good.
One warning: The soundtrack is catchy and you may need to buy it.
If you have seen the film in theaters or on TV you are still missing out. Get the DVD its packed with deleted scenes (which are understandably not a part of the original film), an aloo gobi recipe and a great commentary -- just to name a few things. This is one of the DVDs you will have and watch often but that is why you buy a DVD -- innt it!)