Bend It like Beckham

Bend It like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This feel-good teen flick from director Gurinder Chadha (Blinded by the Light) has two things going for it: it's set in the world of female football (hardly a subject that's been done to death) and against a background of first-generation Indian tradition in suburban Britain. Parminder Nagra does her best as a David Beckham-worshipping teenager, but she is let down by the predictability of the footballing storyline (nail-biting finish resting on a penalty kick, anyone?) and a rather wooden performance from Keira Knightley in her breakthrough role. However, the clashes between Indian and English culture are played with knowing humour, while Juliet Stevenson is hugely entertaining as a Hounslow mum.


An English schoolgirl tries to hide her passion for football from her strict Indian parents, knowing they disapprove of her tomboyish love of the game. However, when a semi-professional player sees her in action, she is offered a place on a team, forcing her to come up with a complex plan to keep her sporting career under wraps. Comedy, with Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Juliet Stevenson and Shaznay Lewis.

Cast & Crew

Jess Bhamra Parminder Nagra
Jules Keira Knightley
Joe Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Mr Bhamra Anupam Kher
Pinky Bhamra Archie Panjabi
Mel Shaznay Lewis
Alan Frank Harper
Paula Juliet Stevenson
Mrs Bhamra Shaheen Khan
Gary Lineker Gary Lineker
Alan Hansen Alan Hansen
John Barnes John Barnes
Meena Pooja Shah
Monica Preeya Kalidas
Taz Trey Farley
Teetu Kulvinder Ghir
Polly Shobu Kapoor
Wedding planner Nina Wadia
Director Gurinder Chadha
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Helkon SKGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Apr 2002