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Bend It Like Beckham
1,751 Ratings


18-year-old Jess Bhamra dreams of playing professional football like her idol David Beckham, but her Sikh parents have more conventional plans for her: a law degree and a marriage. Jules, a white female striker, spots Jess playing football in the park and invites her to join the local women’s team.

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A charming story of friendship and football, this was a breakout hit around the world, setting Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley on the road to stardom. Matters of racism, intergenerational trauma, concealed homosexuality, and class prejudice are sensitively woven in between the games and laughs.