For those that don't know (I didn't), Beckham is a
soccer (football) superstar. And 'bending it' refers
to the curving path of a kicked ball around a wall of
defensemen. An apt metaphor for the maneuver
energetic teens of strict parents must do in order to
score goals of their own.
This formula film blends E. Indian culture with
the ambitions of a young talented footballer. Her
Indian family lives in England and holds to tradition
tight enough to either strangle their children or
make liars out of them. Apparently the latter is
Actually, the conflicts this teen faces are quite
universal. Indian, Chinese, Greek, American...
parents can often be over protective and/or overly
attached to values not valued by their offspring.
It's a warm fun movie with a good sense of humor.
The action plays second fiddle to the character
conflicts. The film does indulge in coincidence and a
bit too often bangs the same beat (i.e.: "Oh look --
they must be gay!"). The second act drags,
ping-ponging over already trodden ground before
kicking into a formula conclusion.
Still, the film squarely has something elusive to
many other films -- heart. That, the strong endearing
performances by the leads, and a good sense of humor
earn this cute picture a B+ in my book, but I think
teens will absolutely love it.
"Who's going to want a girl that can't even make