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Bend It Like Beckham

Rating:PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Release Date:August 1, 2003
Running time:112 minutes
Cast:Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Shaznay Lewis, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Juliet Stevenson
Director:Gurinder Chadha
Producer:Deepak Nayer, Gurinder Chadha
Writer:Gurinder Chadha, Guljit Bindra, Paul Mayeda Burges
Distributor:Fox Searchlight Pictures

Description: An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister, Pinky, who is preparing for a lavish Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapati, Jess dreams of playing soccer professionally, like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess' unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her, than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream--and a soccer ball--or follow a more orthodox path.

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