Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #96

96. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

This movie is one I discovered I liked on DVD. When I first heard about it, I thought pretty much the same as everyone else: another girls-can-do-sports-just-as-well-as-the-boys-so-girl-power! movie. But when I finally saw it, I found that it was a little more than that. It's not just about a girl playing football (or soccer for American audiences), it's about an Indian girl defying her family's expectations. That angle made the movie more interesting to me and therefore, more enjoyable. Also, the writing is quite clever. The parents (from both cultures) are more than just stereotypes and they each try to understand their children, in their own way. Plus, the performances of the British cast is fantastic, especially Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra. Just like the film's heroine, the movie defies expectations and has more to it than one would think.

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