I think you will all agree, when I say, “Growing up isn’t easy.” But it is particularly difficult if you are an Indian girl whose life ambition it is to become a professional football player. Throw love and friendship in the mix and you get the movie “Bend it like Beckham”. It stars Parminder Nagra as Jess Bahmra, a gifted, 18-year-old, Indian football player, and Keira Knightley as her friend and teammate Jules and shows their struggles in a very enjoyable two hours.
While actually being an entertaining family-comedy-drama, it’s also got some educational value, as it explores both cultural and gender stereotypes as well as the Indian community within the British culture and the social expectations that children and teenagers face growing up. I believe that all these issues concern everyone, but especially young people like us. We need to know about different cultures and their respective stereotypes so that we can work to overcome them.
If you’re thinking about watching it, I’d recommend you do it in English. German dubbing -or dubbing in general for that matter- will just never be as natural as the original language. As for the level of English you’d need to understand it: you can get gist of it with only very basic English skills, but I believe you should have at least five years of English to get the full experience, because there’s some difficult vocabulary in it and you might not get some of the puns and jokes.
So, basically, what I’m trying to say is, I can only recommend watching this entertaining comedy-drama about growing up and being who you want to be.
Movie Review: Bend it like Beckham
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