History Film / BendItLikeBeckham

17th Oct '17 4:06:24 AM HulkingChevon
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* InnocentBigot: Mrs. Paxton when talking to Jess spouted off nearly every Indian stereotype in the book.
16th Oct '17 9:35:20 AM HulkingChevon
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* AlmostKiss: Jess and Joe in Germany. [[LoveTriangle Jules doesn't take kindly]].
6th Oct '17 7:14:42 AM HulkingChevon
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* YourTraditionIsNotMine: Jess and Jules, and to a lesser extent Pinky with their Mothers.
2nd Oct '17 4:20:29 PM Fireblood
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* ShoutOut: said Spice Girl, who has two songs in the film's soundtrack, got herself a pretty funny shoutout.

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* ShoutOut: said Said Spice Girl, who has two songs in the film's soundtrack, got herself a pretty funny shoutout.



** This joke gets extra points when Posh Spice makes a cameo in the end of the film with ''her'' fella- the titular David Beckham. Maybe Paula [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight had a point...]]

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** This joke gets extra points when Posh Spice makes a cameo in the end of the film with ''her'' fella- the titular David Beckham. Maybe Paula [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight had a point...]] At the time though, Sporty Spice actually ''did'' have a boyfriend.



** Tony is gay. Even Jess, when he tells her, says, "But you're Indian!" -- and then, "What's your mum going to say?" By the end of the movie, he still hasn't told anybody but her.

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** Tony is gay. Even Jess, when he tells her, says, says "But you're Indian!" -- and then, then "What's your mum going to say?" By the end of the movie, he still hasn't told anybody but her.



** The idea of Jess dating or marrying her Irish coach is [[MalignedMixedMarriage objectionable to her parents]] and even Pinky. Even at the end, she tells him they have to at least hold off on a relationship, because her parents have adjusted to enough changes in a short time span.[[note]]Last we see Joe, he is playing cricket with Jess' dad and Teetu, Pinky's husband, and all are having a good time so he is working on them being more receptive to his and Jess being together.[[/note]]

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** The idea of Jess dating or marrying her Irish coach is [[MalignedMixedMarriage objectionable to her parents]] and even Pinky. Even at the end, she tells him they have to at least hold off on a relationship, because her parents have adjusted to enough changes in a short time span.[[note]]Last we see Joe, he is playing cricket with Jess' dad and Teetu, Pinky's husband, and all are having a good time time, so he is working on them being more receptive to his and Jess being together.[[/note]]
2nd Oct '17 2:51:55 PM Fireblood
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* LoveTriangle: Jules adores Joe who only has eyes for Jess.

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* LoveTriangle: Jules adores Joe Joe, who only has eyes for Jess.



* MistakenForGay: Jules's mother is convinced that Jules and Jess are lesbians. [[spoiler:After Jules figures this out, she explains about the LoveTriangle with Joe while calling Mom out for being a homophobe.]]

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* MistakenForGay: Jules's mother is convinced that Jules and Jess are lesbians. [[spoiler:After Jules figures this out, she explains about the LoveTriangle with Joe Joe, while calling Mom out for being a homophobe.]]



-->'''Tony''': He's quite ''fit.''
* NiceHat: Jules's mother wear a ridiculous one the first time she goes to see her play. Dad comments that they'll be lucky if she can fit into the car.

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-->'''Tony''': He's quite ''fit.''
''[[note]]Though Tony is a closeted gay man.[[/note]]
* NiceHat: Jules's mother wear wears a ridiculous one the first time she goes to see her play. Dad Her dad comments that they'll be lucky if she can even fit into the car.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Half the young Indian characters (Jess, Pinky, Bubbly, Taz...) "Jess" is explained fairly early as a nickname for "Jesminder", "but only my mom calls me that." Jules, meanwhile, is short for "Juliet".
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Jess's parents' generation are rather torn about exactly how much control they can or should exert over their children. Pinky and her boyfriend are very much in love, but his parents still threaten to pull the plug on the upcoming wedding when they think they see Jess kissing a boy on the street[[note]]What they ''actually'' saw was Jess and Jules leaning on each other because they were laughing so hard at Jules' mom.[[/note]] and conclude that Pinky comes from a bad family. Also:

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Half the young Indian characters (Jess, Pinky, Bubbly, Taz...) "Jess" is explained fairly early as a nickname for "Jesminder", "but only my mom calls me that." Jules, meanwhile, is short for "Juliet".
"Juliette".
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Jess's parents' generation are rather torn about exactly how much control they can or should exert over their children. Pinky and her boyfriend are very much in love, but his parents still threaten to pull the plug on the upcoming wedding when they think they see Jess kissing a white boy on the street[[note]]What they ''actually'' saw was Jess and Jules leaning on each other because they were laughing so hard at Jules' mom.[[/note]] and conclude that Pinky comes from a bad family. Also:
2nd Oct '17 2:35:31 PM Fireblood
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* DaddysGirl: Jess's dad is ultimately much more understanding of her than her mother, as is Juliet's.

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* DaddysGirl: Jess's dad is ultimately much more understanding of her than her mother, as is Juliet's.Jules's.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Jess and Pinky are TomboyAndGirlyGirl. As they're both trying in their own ways to get out from under their parents' wing, though, they're more often allies than enemies. While Pinky doesn't understand why Jess wants to play soccer, but she doesn't oppose her doing it, just suggesting that trying things her way may be better.

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Jess and Pinky are TomboyAndGirlyGirl. As they're both trying in their own ways to get out from under their parents' wing, though, they're more often allies than enemies. While Pinky doesn't understand why Jess wants to play soccer, but football, she doesn't oppose her doing it, just suggesting that trying things her way may be better.



* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Jules mistakes Tony for Jess' boyfriend and they say this almost word by word. [[spoiler: He's not her boyfriend indeed since he's in the closet]].

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* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Jules mistakes Tony for Jess' Jess's boyfriend and they say this almost word by for word. [[spoiler: He's not her boyfriend indeed since he's in the closet]].



* IWantGrandkids : Jules' mother's delight on learning that one of the England women's national football team is a married mother suggests that her desperation for Jules to look for a man, and her hostility to the thought of Jules being a lesbian, could be this trope.

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* IWantGrandkids : Jules' Jules's mother's delight on learning that one of the England women's national football team is a married mother suggests that her desperation for Jules to look for a man, and her hostility to the thought of Jules being a lesbian, could be this trope.
2nd Oct '17 2:26:49 PM Fireblood
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* TheBabyTrap: Implied as a rare positive example: Pink's wedding with her boyfriend was called off because of Jess shaming the family. Cut to a time later in the movie where Pinky overjoyed proclaimed that they now ''had'' to let them marry. Then during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue we see an heavily pregnant Pinky.

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* TheBabyTrap: Implied as a rare positive example: Pink's wedding with her boyfriend was called off because of Jess shaming the family. Cut to a time later in the movie where Pinky overjoyed Pinky, overjoyed, proclaimed that they now ''had'' to let them marry. Then during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue we see an a heavily pregnant Pinky.



* BillyElliotPlot: Jules's story is a more straight example as her mother opposes her doing a boyish hobby and doesn't understand why she doesn't want go shopping for girly things to snag herself a man. Jess's story is a little similar but her parents are more about her getting into university than doing girly things.

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* BillyElliotPlot: Jules's story is a more straight example as her mother opposes her doing a boyish hobby and doesn't understand why she doesn't want to go shopping for girly things to snag herself a man. Jess's story is a little similar similar, but her parents are more about her getting into university than doing girly things.
24th Jul '17 5:34:49 PM creader
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* DoNotCallMePaul / FirstNameUltimatum: Only Jess's and Jules's mothers call them Jesminder and Juliette respectively. Both find each other's full names as said by their mothers hilarious.



* FirstNameUltimatum: Only Jess's and Jules's mothers call them Jesminder and Juliette respectively. Both find each other's full names as said by their mothers hilarious.



* InTheBlood: Jess's dad was also an athlete, although he was a cricket player, not a soccer player.

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* InTheBlood: ItRunsInTheFamily: Jess's dad was also an athlete, although he was a cricket player, not a soccer player.



* LesYay: No small amount. In the original script, [[HideYourLesbians Jess and Jules WERE gay]]. The subtext is still bluntly obvious—and at the end of the movie, even though Jess and Joe kiss, she basically flies off into the sunset with Jules.



* MeddlingParents[=/=]MyBelovedSmother

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* MeddlingParents[=/=]MyBelovedSmotherMeddlingParents



* YouGoGirl: hellz yeah!

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* %%* YouGoGirl: hellz yeah!
21st Jul '17 9:42:58 AM TheKingsRaven
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* AbusiveParents: Joe's father pushed him way too hard; Jess's parents aren't really "abusive", but they go out of their way to make it clear they don't want her playing. And Jules' mom is so [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents amazingly embarrassing]] that it sometimes borders on abuse.

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* AbusiveParents: Joe's father pushed him way too hard; Jess's parents aren't really "abusive", but they go out of their way to make it clear they don't want her playing. And Jules' mom is isn't abusive, but she's so [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents amazingly embarrassing]] that it sometimes borders on abuse.


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* ParentsAsPeople: Jess' parents are clearly loving and supportive, but the cultural class between them and their daughters drives much of the plot.
21st May '17 8:19:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is the daughter of Punjabi Sikh immigrants living in London. She loves football ([[SeparatedByACommonLanguage as in soccer]]), but her parents feel she should be focusing on more womanly, Indian pursuits. Befriending Juliette "Jules" Paxton (Creator/KeiraKnightley), Jess joins a women's team behind their backs, and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity and drama ensue]].

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Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is the daughter of Punjabi Sikh immigrants living in London.UsefulNotes/{{London}}. She loves football ([[SeparatedByACommonLanguage as in soccer]]), but her parents feel she should be focusing on more womanly, Indian pursuits. Befriending Juliette "Jules" Paxton (Creator/KeiraKnightley), Jess joins a women's team behind their backs, and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity and drama ensue]].
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