Not bad but could have been better
This is a well made movie based on the teenage experiences of Sarfraz Manzoor, who grew up as a Pakistani in a working class area of Luton. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, it is very much in the spirit of Bend It Like Beckham, with a left wing view of the Thatcher years. It has great charm in places but it is spoiled by Chadha's insistence of presenting a simplistic view of politics, with the fictionalised girlfriend's Tory parents being something out of Monty Python and the National Front as a creation of Margaret Thatcher. It has a lot going for it but the artificial feel good factor in the movie just doesn't ring true at the end. Even the good acting performances all round and general exuberance of the movie can't get round this annoying flaw.