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Discussion Guide: Bend It Like Beckham


Movie Synopsis

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when his is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane - with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) - develops a roster of misfits and, along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.





Discussion questions

  1. What does Beckham symbolize for Jess?
  2. In what way is Mr. Bhamra wrong not to support his daughter’s hopes? Why is Joe in a better position to evaluate Jess’s chances for success?
  3. Do you think Coach Joe is an example of a Double-Goal Coach®? Why or why not?
  4. Joe tells Jess, “If you try pleasing [your parents] forever, you’re going to end up blaming them.” In what sense would Jess blame her parents? How does Mr. Bhamra unconsciously acknowledge Joe’s prediction?
  5. In what ways does Jess show her personal motivation and passion for playing football?
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