• Bend It Like Beckham (2003)

Bend It Like Beckham

Release Date: March 12th, 2003

DVD Release Date: November 25th, 2002

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), the daughter of a strict Indian couple (Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan) in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.

Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson, Shaheen Khan

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Kintop Pictures, Scion Films, Helkon Media AG, Film Council, British Screen Productions

Distributors: Fox

Keywords: Growing up, Charming, Quest, London, 2000s, Rousing, Sister, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I saw more important films at Sundance 2003, but none more purely enjoyable than Bend It Like Beckham, which is just about perfect as a teenage coming-of-age comedy. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Pure, undiluted joy. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    I'm still smiling as I recall Jess, the soccer star-to-be, standing behind her straitlaced mother in the kitchen and casually bouncing a head of lettuce on her knee.

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Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical