| Bend it Like Beckham (2002) |
This is one "chick flick" in which guys are definitely not the enemy. The movie focuses on two girls and their male coach, a young guy. First of all the coach is a nice guy, and his relationship with his father (who never appears on screen) is the one truly unsatisfying father relationship in the movie--and that one gets resolved.
In the cases of both girls, the fathers are more supportive of their athletics than the mothers, although this is worked out in different ways (one father actually helps his daughter train, while the other is simply less unsupportive than the mother--but in the end his role is key in opening up opportunities for the girls). There is really no bad guy in the movie--even one rather insignificant character who has an early scene as a jerk turns up attending the girls' games later on.
The film has a lot of other good qualities, not the least of which is a keen sense of humor. This is one film which smacks of "girl power," yet manages not to denigrate boys. And that is such a rarity that I thought it worth pointing out.
- Reviewed by Warren Gray
Also called "Kick It Like Beckham" in some of Europe, this film stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Anupam Kher. Some viewers object to this film, because they believe that it portrays Western culture as being better than Indian culture.
Rated: PG-13 in most countries due to course language and sexual content.