Bend It Like Beckham
If you're 18, love Beckham and can bend a ball like him the world's your oyster, right? Wrong. If you're Jess (Parminder K. Nagra) – 18, Indian and a girl – forget it. Do you think your marriage-obsessed folks will let you play a man's game?
If you're Jules (Keira Knightley) – 18, English and a girl – that means going to the States where the girls get paid, get sponsorship and get proper respect. Jess and Jules are well on their way with help from their coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), until they both fall in love with him…
- " For any film to be a great sports film it must have staying power, beyond ample training montages and a great comeback game, and Bend It Like Beckham has all of that in spades and more. " – Shannon Melero
- " An unashamedly feel-good soccer comedy that is sharper than Cristiano Ronaldo's latest haircut, has better vision than your average linesman and is more uplifting than winning on penalties in extra time. " – Leigh Paatsch
- " Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams. " – Nell Minow