Bend It Like Beckham | Chicago Reader

Bend It Like Beckham

Rated PG-13 112 minutes 2002

This comedy about an Anglo-Indian girl who wants to play professional soccer has been a crowd pleaser in the soccer-crazed UK, but the crowd I saw it with seemed more delighted by its affectionate satire of tradition-minded Indians living in Britain, a subculture well-known to writer-director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach). Newcomer Parminder Nagra is sweet and sincere as the aspiring jock, whose parents would prefer that she become a solicitor and marry a nice Indian man; Keira Knightley is tartly sexy as her supportive teammate. The overly busy script juggles a variety of social issues (people constantly assume that the two players are lovers) and subplots (both girls have crushes on their soft-spoken Irish coach, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), but fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.

Show Times

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Bend It Like Beckham

Add a review


Select a star to rate.