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Aro Recommended Bend It Like Beckham


UK 2002, 108 minutes
Dir. Gurinder Chadha
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy / Girl-centric

Topics: Sport, Indigenous & Minority Cultures.


Aroview: Adding exotic, gender-twisting charm and two vivacious performances to the underdog-feelgood formula, this girls-just-wanna-play-footy rom-com netted breakout box office success.

Saddled with heavy cultural tradition and “just being a girl”, Jess, the teenage daughter of Indian immigrants, and her free-spirited London pal fight for their right to bend it like England’s favourite footballer, and for the attention of an eligible young soccer coach (Rhys-Meyers). Lighter than its gender opposite, BILLY ELLIOT, but fresher than similar Stateside fare, the fairer sex especially, are more likely to forgive some rather wish-fulfilment plotting that escalates before the full time whistle.

NZ International Film Festival 2002

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • music clips
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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