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Bend It Like Beckam

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Bend It Like Beckham is about an Indian girl who comes from a strict Sikh family, and their religion and moral ethics prohibit her from following her dream of playing professional soccer. The main theme of the movie is accepting someone for who they are and following your dreams. The main character Jess, has to fight for her parents’ approval to play on the team of her dreams. The movie relates to many things we have learned about this year in class. Jess’s family tells her she must marry an Indian boy, which is a big deal as part of their religion. Jess’s mom says it’s more important to respect your elders than to play professional soccer. We have learned how important elders are in the Indian culture. Also, her mom thinks it’s more important for Jess to learn how to cook and clean for her family and persistently tries to teach Jess throughout the movie. In the Indian culture family comes first and the movie properly depicts this. I believe this film was historically accurate. The film portrayed the struggles of an Indian girl who wanted to follow her dreams, but was restricted because of her culture. The soccer coach says, “ Never seen an Indian girl into football.” Jess was the only Indian girl on her team. No one had heard of someone of her nationality participating in sports. Many Indian girls have had struggles breaking out of their cultural boundaries to follow their dreams. I disliked that the parents of Jules, a girl on Jess’s team, thought she was lesbian. That confused the whole plot to me. The only reason Jules parents thinking she was lesbian fit in the movie was because it went with the theme accepting someone for who they are. I would rate this movie a 7 out of 10 because the main plot was well thought out. Some things got confusing, though, like when Jess’s family randomly gathered at her house. The actors were amazing and some of the Indian costumes were gorgeous. Overall the film deserves a 7/10.

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