YMMV / Bend It Like Beckham

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Jess' last free kick, when she briefly sees the wall of opposing teams as her family. To the sound of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma." Though it was pretty damn funny.
    • It was also the featured musical piece of the Italy 1990 ("losing to the Jerries on penalties comes natural to you English") World Cup.
    • That moment could be seen as symbolism. Throughout the whole movie, Jess' family was quite opposed to her playing sports, so it could be seen as family vs. passion. This moment can be seen as no turning back to family ideals if she were to go through with the kick.
    • Several of Pinky's wedding guests start brawling with the cameraman for no stated reason.
      • The wedding guests fighting the cameraman are noticeably the same guests who were making out in the bathroom. Indian tradition looks down upon such public displays of affection, which the camera could have caught on-tape.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Throw three darts into the romance fanfics for this film, and two of them will be Jess/Jules.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movie recently became the first western film ever aired on North Korean TV (albeit with edits), so don't be surprised if it develops a disproportionately large North Korean fanbase in the years to come.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the second half of the 2000's, the English Women's National Team took a enormous step forward, qualifying for the World Cup again after two misses and coming in 2nd in the 2009 Euros (to Germany, naturally). If the movie was set in 2002, the same year it was released, this would almost exactly coincide with Jules and Jess graduating from Santa Clara University and turning pro.
    • By 2015—when Jess and Jules would most likely be only a little past their prime—England made it to third place in the World Cup.
  • Les Yay: A lot between Jess and Jules. To the point where their families think they actually are lesbians.
  • Narm: "No, I REALLY like David Beckham," - Tony, when coming out to Jess. Less narm-ish and more heartbreaking when you consider that it is entirely possible he can't find any other way to tell her.