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In many ways, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM follows in the grand tradition of '80s John Hughes films. It features a teenage girl, Jess (Parminder Nagra), who doesn't quite fit in, and a dead sexy boy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who helps her discover and claim her dreams. And, of course, there's the impossibly gorgeous girl (Kiera Knightley) who makes things extra complicated. BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM manages to include all of the necessary ingredients for an authentic and fantastically fun teen movie, but it also adds a distinct flair to the Hughes formula. First of all, there's the whole soccer, I mean, football thing. Even if you're not a sports fan, you'll find yourself fist pumping like crazy for Jess as she attempts to live up to her idol, David Beckham, whose hotness inspires us all. And then there's the colorful Indian culture that pervades the entire film and both overwhelms and enriches Jess' life (while making me crave Naan like nobody's business). This film is a vibrant study of family expectations and adolescent identity, and it proves that no matter your culture, being a teenager can suck... but it can also be totally awesome. P.S. If anyone has an extra invite to an Indian wedding, my schedule is open! (Sarah Pitre)
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