LSC Event Descriptions

August 11 & 12, 2006

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Rated PG-13
112 minutes

A FREE Summer Film!
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
August 11, 2006 at 8:00pm in 10-250 and
August 12, 2006 at 8:00pm in 10-250.

Like most everyone else in England, Jess Bahmra (Parminder Nagra) idolizes professional British football player David Beckham. But Jess is different from most fans; she's a talented player in her own right. Unfortunately, her traditional Indian parents (Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan) have other plans for their youngest daughter. They expect Jess to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who is preparing to marry in a traditional Indian wedding. When Jess meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who plays for a local female football team, she pursues her own dream and begins to play, keeping her participation a secret from her parents and often leading to disastrous results. To complicate matters even more, both Jess and Jules are enamored with their coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Ultimately, Jess has to decide whether to live life on her terms or act in accordance with her parents' wishes. This charming coming-of-age tale is also an intriguing look at Indian culture in England. Juliet Stevenson is superb as Jules' tarty, ultra-feminine mother. Bend It Like Beckham is directed, written, and produced by Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, What's Cooking?), and marks the first English feature film appearance from Bollywood icon Anupam Kher. []

"A smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic comedy that blends tradition and modernity on screen as adroitly as teenage Jess does in her irresistibly complicated life."
      -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Read this review.

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