Bend It Like Beckham. Image shows from L to R: Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley).

Bend It Like Beckham

2002 British comedy film. Stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Bend It Like Beckham. Image shows from L to R: Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley).

Bend It Like Beckham

The comic tale of a young Asian woman who joins the local semi-professional football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist family

Genre
Film
Released
2002
Starring
Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Writer
Gurinder Chadha
Director
Gurinder Chadha

West London teenager Jess Bhamra dreams of having a professional football career, even though her parents are determined that she study to be a lawyer. When she is invited by local girl Jules Paxton to join a women's football team, Jess jumps at the chance, and the team's coach Joe is impressed with her abilities. With Jess and Jules on board, the team begins a winning streak which puts them on track for the finals. However, in the face of continued opposition from her family, and after a falling-out with Jules, Jess is forced to reconsider her future in the game.

Production Details

UK certificate
12
Duration
112 minutes
Release date
Friday 12th April 2002
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Friday 28th December 2018 at 6:45pm on Film4

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