BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2003) Funny, buoyant, and exhilarating: a culturally cross-wired sports comedy infused with the greater global vibe of Title IX. Jess (Parminder Nagra), the Anglo-Indian teenage heroine,… 2003-03-12 PG-13 PT112M Comedy Sports Keira Knightley Parminder Nagra Juliet Stevenson Anupam Kher Shaznay Lewis Jonathan Rhys Meyers Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
A

Details Limited Release: Mar 12, 2003; Rated: PG-13; Length: 112 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Sports; With: Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Funny, buoyant, and exhilarating: a culturally cross-wired sports comedy infused with the greater global vibe of Title IX. Jess (Parminder Nagra), the Anglo-Indian teenage heroine, has grown up in London, where she's obsessed with soccer. Yet her parents, who are doing all they can to hold on to their traditional Sikh ways, won't allow her to play. The movie offers the delicious 21st-century paradox of a wallflower who is fully in touch with her inner soccer bruiser yet still in search of her inner woman. ''Bend It Like Beckham'' has many familiar elements, yet it has been directed by Gurinder Chadha with a facility and pizzazz that restores your appreciation for honest commercial movie-making.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints