Parents' Guide to

Bend It Like Beckham

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superb tale of a British Indian girl's fight for her dreams.

Movie PG-13 2003 112 minutes
Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster: Jess and Jules hug each other, cheering, with a soccer ball and the movie's title behind them

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 10+

age 14+

too mature for 10 year olds

a lot of talk about "shagging" and bra fittings -- wasn't a good fit for my 10 year old boy

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (38 ):

Spunky and easy to watch, this feel-good movie bridges the distance between old country and new with the deft touch of a David Beckham penalty kick. For any girl whose athletic endeavors were ever questioned by conservative parents, Bend It Like Beckham is a color-drenched fairy tale where you know from the opening credits that the story will end in the "happily ever after" category for plucky Jess. Yes, this sunny little movie is about second-generation Indian families in England striving to maintain traditions that kids, more British than Indian, find increasingly irrelevant. But no matter your cultural background, the central theme that you should follow your bliss no matter the hurdle is universal.

On the one hand, the story might not seem strikingly original, and the script's handling of LGBTQ+ material has not aged well (to say the least). But the colorful tones of the movie, overlit action scenes, and genuine appeal of the characters -- especially Jess -- make this film enjoyable, engaging, and entertaining. Even if the answers seem a bit simple, it's nice to think that complicated relationships and challenges can be resolved with proper communication and the ability to make nice with others.

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