The movie “Bend It Like Beckham” is a wonderful movie. The main character Jess, who is East Indian, comes from a traditional family where the parents make the decisions. Jess is really good at football (soccer) and hopes of going professional one day. The only problem with that is her parents find playing football unacceptable.
Jess’s mother sees playing football as untraditional for a young lady. Instead of football, she wants her to go to law school, learn how to cook, wear traditional clothes and find a husband. Her dad doesn’t want her to play because he doesn’t want her to go through the same things he experienced (getting kicked of the cricked team because of his race). To Jess, playing football makes her happy. She understands that her parents only want the best for her and is in no way trying to disobey them.
Throughout the movie, she lies her way to play football; telling her mother that she has a job and is sick (she gets caught later on and they ban her from playing). At the same time, her sister is getting married. Jess’s mother wants her to help prepare for the wedding. So Jess multitasks playing and preparing. Jules and Jess get their team all the ways to finals. Another problem ensues. The wedding and the finals are on the same the day.
A couple days before the wedding, Jess gets tired of lying and confesses to playing football (after she gets ban from playing). She also explains to her parents why she lied and why football makes her happy. Now, toward the end of the wedding, Jess sneaks off to change her clothes so she can go to the game but gets caught by her dad. After a few minutes, he gives her permission to go. At the match, an American scout gives Jess and Jules scholarships to play in California.
“Bend It Like Beckham” tells the story of reality vs. family expectations. Jess tries to live up to her family expectations and make herself happy at the same time. The movie shows that she has to bend and adapt traditional rules to get what...