As her mum says: "Who'd want a girl who plays football all day
but can't make chapattis?".
they knew she was playing with the Hounslow Harriers women's team,
they'd have a collective fit.
on from the success of her earlier comedies "Bhaji on the Beach"
and "What's Cooking?", Gurinder Chadha turns this British-Asian
film about a clash between traditional values and the modern world
into a fantastic feelgood movie. Chock full of wonderful characters
- Jess's long-suffering mother, her promiscuous sister, and her
teammates - "Beckham" is a real crowd-pleaser.
it's set up as an Asian comedy in the "East is East" mould,
it's also a great football movie, with some hilariously surreal
on-pitch moments (readying herself for a vital free-kick, Jess watches
aghast as the wall of defenders transforms into a line of sari-wearing
relatives, all desperately trying to put her off).
sweet without ever becoming schmaltzy and finishes by successfully
tying up every loose end. The only fault is it runs on too long;
if the ref had blown her whistle earlier, it would have been absolutely
since it's the kind of film that'll have the whole audience clapping
by the time the credit sequence out-takes appear, it's easy to forgive
that minor fault.
Beckham ought to be proud to have his name on such a great film.
it Like Beckham" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 12th April 2002.
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Reviewed by Jamie
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