Bend it Like Beckham (9)

 Copyright © 2003 by Tony Medley


An Indian teenager, Jess (Parminder Nagra), growing up in London, wants to play soccer against the wishes of her traditional parents.  She befriends another player, Keira (Jules Paxton), whose mother also opposes her daughter playing. Jess develops a crush on her coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), jeopardizes the traditional marriage of her sister, and her life becomes very complicated. The two mothers (Shaheen Khan and Juliet Stevenson) are the two funniest moms to appear on the screen in years. Anything more I say could jeopardize your enjoyment of this movie.  Suffice it to say this is a delightful, uplifting treat, whether you like soccer or not (and I donít).

 March 25, 2003

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