Bend it like Beckham is set in London and is a dramatic comedy that explores the traditions of Indian culture.
Jess is the main character in the film. She tries to respect her culture but is obsessed with football. Her parents disapprove that. Mrs Bhamra, Jess' mother, wants Jess to learn to cook an Indian dinner, get a job as a lawyer and marry an Indian boy.
The film begin when Jules, an English girl, sees Jess playing in the park and asks Jess to come try out for a proper women's football team. Jess says yes. The next day the coach, Joe, is very impressed by Jess' talent.
Jess tells her parents about the football team but they banned it, so she decided to lie.
Jess develops a crush on Joe, and Jules also has a crush on him.
After a disco dance, in Germany, Jess and Joe go out and they kiss. Jules sees them and gets angry with Jess.
Jules and Jess are quote alike, because they both want to play football, and their mother disapprove that. But they are both support of their father.
The final championship match is on the same day as Pinky's wedding, so Jess has to stay at home. She was very sad, so her father decides to let Jess play at the finals as long as she comes back smiling. During the game, an American scout is watching her talent and offer them an opportunity to play in the United States.
When Jess returns at home she admits that they played in the final and won. After, she talks that she has an opportunity to become a professional footballer if she goes to play in the US.
She really wants to go, but her mother is horrified, but for the first time Mr Bhamra speaks out. He talks about a prejudice he faced when he played cricket and how much he suffered.
He doesn't want Jessie to suffer and to make the same mistakes that her father. So Mr Bhamra accepts that is all Jess is going to do.
At the airport, Jess and Jules' families are saying goodbye. Joe comes running to also say goodbye and to continues to have a relationship with Jess. After that, they kiss.
In the last scene there are Mr Bhamra playing cricket with Joe.
Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning of the movie after Jess and Pinky have finished shopping, there's a shot of the guys playing football in the park. If you look closely, the end of a microphone is shown leaning into the top left of the screen. The mic moves a little, and then is moved back. (00:06:40)
Jules: Anyway being a lesbian's not that big a deal.
Paula: Oh no of course not sweetheart no. I mean I've got nothing against it. I was cheering for Martina Navratilova as much as the next person.
Trivia: When Jules is practicing football with her dad, her mother insults Sporty Spice by saying that she is the only one without a boyfriend. Throughout the movie, however, most of the background music is performed by Melanie Chisholm a.k.a. Sporty Spice.
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