Bend It Like Beckham

May 11, 2011 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Bend It Like Beckham

NUTSHELL:  Gurinder Chadha’s cutie pie sports thing about the daughter of orthodox Sikhs who really really wants to be a footballer

GOOD THINGS:  The cutest, winningest cast in forever, a very sweet, funny script, inspired directing – Parminder K. Nagra and Keira “Sabé” Knightly are just the cutest. Their parents are great too: Anupam Kher, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson, Shaheen Kahn. Plus Archie Panjabi as Pinky, Ameet Chana as light in the sandals Tony and all the female footballers. Even Jonathan Rhys-Meyers isn’t as creepy as usual in this.

BAD THINGS:  A little long, crooked teeth, a bit worn out romance plot, another Indian wedding (Seriously, has there ever been a movie about Indians that didn’t include a completely out of control marriage celebration?)

FEATURES:  Adidas, Sporty Spice jabs, chick fights, t & a, cooking jokes, Heathrow, Hounslow, Mitre, Beckham shrine, shirtless Sikhs, disfiguring scars, Santa Clara (!?!?!) and what appears to be the British equivalent of Martha Stewart Mania Disorder

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Second time I’ve had to get up from my seat and ask an elderly couple to stop talking. Seriously, what the fuck is up with that?

NOTABLE:  Is it just in movies that British teen girls look like teens and not like American teens who always look like… what’s that word again…. whores?

BEST PART:  The Indian ladies standing in front of the goal

BEST LINE:  She’s divorced is what she is!

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

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