VIDEO: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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Ursa dips her toe into the weird and wonderful world of women’s soccer (or as Ursa calls it for some reason, “football”) and Sikh culture. With Spice Girls references, Keira Knightley, football montages, and a lead character who’s secretly a Disney princess, this is Bend It Like Beckham!

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  • MephLord

    Interesting that of the Indian cultures they went with Sikhs over Hindus. I wonder if it’s because Sikhism is a lot more prevalent in the UK or more a “rigid” cultural religion than Hinduism? It should be common knowledge that the two are very different and there has been a lot of conflict within India between the state of Punjab and it’s surrounding states. India is a country that has a lot of different sub-cultures and I’m surprised that they didn’t explore that more in the movie, but then again the story was very personal and family-centric, and they also didn’t want to open that can of worms by implying cultural segregation within an ethnic minority group.

    Great review, I’m sure you could’ve gone on for twice as long and it still would’ve been an interesting study into the nature of women’s soccer as well. After all, of women’s team sports it’s probably the most popular on the planet, and after tennis and golf, the most popular womens sport period (I hope you eventually get to the movie Wimbledon). So using sport as a backdrop always makes for compelling drama.

    • Jill Bearup

      The original script for this review could have been three times as long without me breaking a sweat. And I wouldn’t even have got to the sport. 🙂

      Wimbledon: HOW DID YOU KNO-I mean…umm…we’ll see. *shifty eyes*

      • MephLord

        The energy of the Agony Booth travel mug tells me things…except for the winning lottery numbers. It keeps that knowledge from me.

  • moppet

    You’re right, this IS stuff I like. Very much. Thank you for talking about it.

    • Jill Bearup

      I’m really surprised by how many people have SEEN this film. I mean, liking it is one thing, but it’s a quirky British comedy about the clash between traditional Sikh culture and modern English culture: how the heck have you all seen it? 😀

      • Thomas Stockel

        I haven’t seen it, but I remember when it came out it here in Michigan it seemed to explode onto the scene. It was getting a great deal of buzz.

  • $36060516

    Perhaps a superficial thing to notice, but nice choice of background and choice to contrast it with dark clothes color. The thematic analysis was pretty cool, too!

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    Had to watch this in high school and was one of the few good ones they showed. Then I wrote an essay on it in university so it has been a most useful movie

  • The_Unusual_Suspect

    Ah, this movie is pretty nostalgic for me actually; fab review. I think everyone will like this film, as its appeal apparently knows no bounds. After all, it was the very first western film ever to air on North Korean television. Who knew Kim Jong Il was a fan!?

    • Jill Bearup

      Plucky British Asian girls following their footballing dreams: If it’s good enough for Kim Jong Il, it’s good enough for you, English-speaking public!

  • I watched this once or twice in high school. Thing is, I was under the impression it was just a sports movie, so I ignored it completely and spent the whole time reading while it was on. There was no test.

  • CaptainCalvinCat

    I always wanted to watch this… however somehow the chance never appeared. I’ll do my best to find it on DVD – by the way, in germany the movie was called “Kick it like Beckham”… Although I ask myself “why change this one particular word”? *shrugs*

    It sounds like a good movie – and I couldn’t help but notice the background, the colour gradient looks cool. Did you do that yourself or is it bought?

    In anycase – great review, looking forward for your next anniversary-episode. *thumbs up*



    • Jill Bearup

      Thanks! The painting was done by a friend of mine years ago when my room at my mum’s house was redecorated. The painting has now found its way to my new house, which is nice. 🙂

  • danbreunig

    Two years already, hm. As is the nature of anniversary videos, I predict a multi-cameo event, right?

    Now if you stand in front of a Piet Mondrian painting it’ll really be stuff I like!

  • So…many…themes!

  • JamSanJose

    I love this movie and I own the DVD. Strange thing, in the U.S. 99% of the DVDs have black cases, but Bend It Like Beckham has a white case. Don’t know if there is anything to read in that, but the only other movie I have with a white case is Howard the Duck. Coincidence or something else?