A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The chronicle of David Beckham's soccer career is offered from his point of view, and that of those close to him. Growing up, mental health, and family are also themes.
Most of the cast is White; Black soccer players are seen but not highlighted. Athletes from different countries are also featured.
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Violence & Scariness
Footage of professional matches show players being tripped, kicked, and pushed. Coaches yell. Ted Beckham's unforgiving mentorship style is discussed. Fans and media are shown bullying David Beckham; death threats are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance, pregnancy, and marriage are discussed. Accusations about extramarital affairs are addressed.
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Words like "arse" and curses like "f--k" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Magazines (Forbes, Sports Illustrated, etc.) and other media featuring Beckham and his family are shown. Sponsors like Adidas and other products that he endorsed are also visible. This is offered in context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beckham is shown drinking wine and champagne. Smoking (cigarettes and cigars) is occasionally visible in archive footage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beckham is a docuseries that chronicles the career of soccer player David Beckham. There's some cursing ("arse," "f--k," etc.), occasional drinking and smoking, and people have conversations about romance, pregnancy, and infidelity. Bullying, mental health, and death threats are discussed, and footage of professional matches shows players being tripped, kicked, and pushed. You can also expect to see lots of sports logos, magazine covers, and other media showcasing the Beckham brand. People demonstrate perseverance and gratitude.
Is It Any Good?
The docuseries features David Beckham offering his sincere thoughts about his life and soccer career, and how it made him the person he is today. Conversations about his evolution as a world-class soccer player are intertwined with narratives about his personal life, including his 26-year (and counting) romance with his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, and the long-standing relationship he had with former Manchester United general manager Sir Alex Ferguson. There's also some surprisingly frank dialogue about Beckham's mental health throughout his career, especially when it came to being bullied by Manchester United fans. But what Beckham most succeeds at is demystifying the tabloid celebrity and revealing Beckham as a committed athlete who's very human. Some will find it all a bit self-promotional, but chances are that most soccer fans will find it compelling.
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