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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2003 (USA)
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Pinky Bhamra
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Meena (as Poojah Shah)
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Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
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A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joue-la comme Beckham  »

Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (UK) (14 April 2002)

Gross:

$32,543,449 (USA) (23 October 2003)
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Although football star David Beckham and the term "bend" are well known in the U.K., they were virtually unknown in the U.S. As such, when the time came for the film's U.S. release, 20th Century Fox marketing executives suggested changing the title to "Move it like Mia," alluding to U.S. football (soccer) star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change, and the film was released with its original title. See more »

Goofs

In the match where Jess and Jules aren't getting along, Jule's hair is held back by a metal headband, except in one close-up where it is held back by a thick, black headband. It then goes back to the metal headband. Then in the final game Jules is wearing the black headband again. See more »

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Wedding Guest (older woman): She's not Lebanese, she's Punjabi!
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Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Good Place: The Trolley Problem (2017) See more »

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My Final Peace
Written and Produced by Bally Sagoo
Published by ISHQ Music
Performed by Gunjan
Courtesy of ISHQ Records
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE.
4 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a former 2 time Okinawan Karate world champion, I like movies about sacrifice for sport. But this movie is about so much more. This movie is so good and so deep. I have recently been plagued by very serious injury and pretty much a disastrous lack of passion. Almost lights out for me. And this silly little movie touched me so deep that like out of a daze it reminded me about what life is supposed to be about. This is a movie about living. Living your life for yourself and respect for others. Empowerment. God, bless "Bend it like Beckham" I believe it is a true gem.


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