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Discussion Guide: Bend It Like Beckham


Movie Synopsis

Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.

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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?

What Parents Need To Know

Parents need to know that Bend It Like Beckham has strong themes of teamwork, friendship, and parents learning to support their children's interests/dreams. Expect some swearing (inlcuding a few uses of "s--t") and innuendo, as well as kissing and an implied sexual situation between a couple committed to marrying each other. Sexual orientation is discussed, and several of the under 21-year-old characters have a beer or a glass of wine, but they drink responsibly and are of legal age in the UK/Germany, where the scenes take place. Jess hides her soccer playing from her family and lies to protect her secret, but ultimately she's a driven, ambitious female character who follows her heart's desire.

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