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Old May 3rd 2003, 9:29 pm
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Anyone who enjoyed "The Full Monty", "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral" might like to try and catch the British movie "Bend It Like Beckham". It was a huge hit last Summer in the UK, over the Christmastime period Down Under and is now opening at more and more cinemas in the US and Canada.

(I'm one of the lucky ones who have it on DVD which my husband bought for me at Christmas in England ).

It really is a film well worth watching and is very funny and endearing - a great 'feel-good' movie. And no, it's not all about David Beckham & Posh Spice - but they did get a cameo appearance....!

Here's the North American website for the film with video clips and lists of where you can see it in your area with links via. moviefone.com and fandango.com

http://www.foxsearchlightpictures.com/benditlikebeckham

(the moviefone review gives it an excellent rating too - not just by the media critics but by the general public ).

Enjoy! (It had a PG13 rating in the UK - but I think it's suitable for anyone aged 11+).
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Oops - I posted the wrong link.

This is the correct one:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/benditlikebeckham


(Juliet Stevenson - one of the mothers in the film - is particularly good - she's on one of the film clips).
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Originally posted by Englishmum
Anyone who enjoyed "The Full Monty", "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral" might like to try and catch the British movie "Bend It Like Beckham". It was a huge hit last Summer in the UK, over the Christmastime period Down Under and is now opening at more and more cinemas in the US and Canada.

(I'm one of the lucky ones who have it on DVD which my husband bought for me at Christmas in England ).

It really is a film well worth watching and is very funny and endearing - a great 'feel-good' movie. And no, it's not all about David Beckham & Posh Spice - but they did get a cameo appearance....!

Here's the North American website for the film with video clips and lists of where you can see it in your area with links via. moviefone.com and fandango.com

http://www.foxsearchlightpictures.com/benditlikebeckham

(the moviefone review gives it an excellent rating too - not just by the media critics but by the general public ).

Enjoy! (It had a PG13 rating in the UK - but I think it's suitable for anyone aged 11+).


Thanks for that my niece said it was worth watching will go see it.....
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Originally posted by Englishmum
Oops - I posted the wrong link.

This is the correct one:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/benditlikebeckham


(Juliet Stevenson - one of the mothers in the film - is particularly good - she's on one of the film clips).

My wife saw it last weekend and loved it. Whilst we're on the subject of Brit flicks, has anyone in the UK seen Johnny English? I know its doing big business there, but is it worth $15 of my money when it gets over to this side of the world?
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Yes, I want to see this film also. In the USA, it's hard to find a theatre that plays foreign or independent films. They are few and far between in my area. Well, at least they are not close by. We have way to many movie theatres and they ALL play the same group of movies, not all good ones mind you. I swear, some of the "trash" we produce is unbelievable.
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Johnathan Rhys Meyers in the film is my total and utter heart throb..... OK Im nearly forty but give an old girl a dream eh!!!

If he is in it then Im gonna watch it

Steady on there girl..... think of your blood pressure...

(sorry Hubby)

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I downloaded it on my computer gonna watch it later today.
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Originally posted by Englishmum
Anyone who enjoyed "The Full Monty", "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral" might like to try and catch the British movie "Bend It Like Beckham". It was a huge hit last Summer in the UK, over the Christmastime period Down Under and is now opening at more and more cinemas in the US and Canada.
Went out and watched it last night (paying for it as against stealing it) after reading this thread yesterday.

Highly recommended. Definitely a feel-good movie. Not a lot of depth to it but loads of fun.

Parminder Nagra, the star of the film, is from "up my way." Up my old way that is.

I have an interest in the Indian community as my Mum was born in India (British Army) and we were having curries at home and going to Indian restaurants in London before most kids of my age (then) had heard of the word 'curry'.

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I'm so glad you enjoyed it; there's nothing worse than giving a recommendation then the person dislikes it!

My husband was in London last week and brought back a copy of the "Daily Mail".

The young Indian lady who played the lead role of Jess is now going to follow the British actress Alex Kingston and join the American medical series "ER".
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It really is a film well worth watching and is very funny and endearing - a great 'feel-good' movie. And no, it's not all about David Beckham & Posh Spice - but they did get a cameo appearance....!


Enjoy! (It had a PG13 rating in the UK - but I think it's suitable for anyone aged 11+).
It has been playing in my area (the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area) for about 4 weeks now.

A few Brits, myself included, went to see it a few weeks back.

It's a great dose of British humour and some great acting performances. The story has a lot of twists but does get a little predictable.

You don't even have to be interested in football to enjoy the film either.

The soundtrack is refreshing too and includes tracks from Victoria Beckham and "Sporty Spice".

If you've got teenagers interested in sport and/or you want a change from the the American mainstream films, then this fits the bill.

Also, having lived in SW London before moving to the US, I recognized some of the locations featured in the film. Reminds me of home!



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Originally posted by Englishmum
Anyone who enjoyed "The Full Monty", "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral" might like to try and catch the British movie "Bend It Like Beckham"...
See also "East is East" (in a similar vein in terms of the struggle between generations trying to come to terms with an alien culture).

And "Brassed Off" (Circa 1997) Story about a pit brass band and the northern community that faces closure of t' coal mine. I liked this one 'cos I used to be in a brass band as a teenager (mid teens).

There's another one about convicts that enter the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. Didn't like it much - a very thin plot.

Lastly, "Little Voice" Mentioned before on another thread but a great movie about a Northern Working Men's Club and a young girl 'discovered' by an impresario (Michael Caine). Very raw and gritty.
... Enjoy! (It had a PG13 rating in the UK - but I think it's suitable for anyone aged 11+).
I agree. Some sexy bits (mild) but no gratuitous swearing. In fact, no swearing at all. Makes for a pleasant change.

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My granddaughter is playing soccer and just had to have a David Beckham poster - of course it was the most expensive one in the store! She told me about this movie. I will have to see if you can rent it here.
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See also "East is East" (in a similar vein in terms of the struggle between generations trying to come to terms with an alien culture).

And "Brassed Off" (Circa 1997) Story about a pit brass band and the northern community that faces closure of t' coal mine. I liked this one 'cos I used to be in a brass band as a teenager (mid teens).

There's another one about convicts that enter the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. Didn't like it much - a very thin plot.

Lastly, "Little Face" Mentioned before on another thread but a great movie about a Northern Working Men's Club and a young girl 'discovered' by an impresario (Michael Kane). Very raw and gritty.

I agree. Some sexy bits (mild) but no gratuitous swearing. In fact, no swearing at all. Makes for a pleasant change.

I went and got "East is East' last night I just loved it, I have'nt laughed so much in a long while thanks .......

(I keep talking like they do so my hubby said) ...........

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I didn't think much of that film bend it like Beckham- a very poor copy of East is East, although it's a different story. "Brassed off" Tim mentioned - I did love this film.

Another film for you, in the same sort of theme (struggling hard life) is Billy eliot (hope I spelt that right) - a young lad in a struggling town who wants to be a ballet dancer - funny.

And I must put here : Twin Town.(Rhys ifans)

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Originally posted by BCBOY
My wife saw it last weekend and loved it. Whilst we're on the subject of Brit flicks, has anyone in the UK seen Johnny English? I know its doing big business there, but is it worth $15 of my money when it gets over to this side of the world?
Although I'm not in the UK, I have seen Johnny English. I loved it, but then maybe I'm bias because I love Rowan Atkinson!

Seriously though, it does have some pretty funny moments, although it's not Atkinson at his best. Then again, he set high standards for himself when he did Blackadder.

Having said that, I would say that it's worth watching
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