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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Bend It Like Beckham" - A Movie Review


Grace Wang

I haven’t watched movies in the library for a long time, but my teacher told me that there is a good movie, Bend It Like Beckham. He said it is an interesting movie. After watching it, I think it is very meaningful.

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In this movie, Jess and Jules love playing soccer. Even though they both are girls, they play soccer very well. They do even better than boys. Jess is from a traditional Indian family. Her parents think that girls should not wear shorts in front of boys. They must have good upbringing and marry an Indian boy. Jess really wants to keep playing soccer, so she doesn’t tell her parents that she is on a soccer team because she has a vision of being a professional player in the USA.

There are many movies about girls playing sports and doing better than boys, and the audience may guess right about the ending. However, the most entertaining part is how Jess keeps telling different lies to her parents just because she wants to play soccer.

This is a British movie, but the background music is Indian. Those are totally different cultures, so it makes the movie funnier. Bend It Like Beckham is a cheerful movie. Sometime we may care about how others look at us. In Taiwan, some families still have some traditional concepts. In Chinese tradition, the notion that men are breadwinners, and women are homemakers is very common. However, in recent years, lots of women have found jobs and are earning money.  Also, many men stay at home to take care of the children.

  Lately, society has changed.  Now, many people look at men and women in different ways. People don’t conceal their sexual orientation any more, such as lesbians. They wear tight underwear to flatten their chests, cut their hair short, and dress like men. It’s hard for older people to accept this change, but everyone is different. It takes a lot of courage to be yourself, but you must do your best. We should all pursue our dreams, just like Jess did. Remember; nothing is impossible.

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