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Bend it Like Beckham

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Sierra Nadia Traikos

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Bend it Like Beckham

Summary Summary
Antrhopologist's Point of View
Sociologist's Point of View
Controversial Issue
Believe it or Not?
Bend it Like Beckham Clip
Movie Review
Final Comment Anthropologist's Point of View Q: What are the Indian cultural norms in the treatment of males and females? Sociologist's Point of View Bend it Like Beckham Sierra Nadia Traikos, Kathleenkay Tizon and Pallavi R. Believe it or Not? Believable Controversial Issue Gender
Cultural Diversity and Acceptance Bend it Like Beckham Clip Movie Review By Nell Minow Final Comment Is it any good?
Spunky and easy to watch, this feel-good movie bridges the distance between old country and new with the deft touch of a David Beckham penalty kick. For any girl whose athletic endeavors were ever questioned by conservative parents, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is a color-drenched fairy tale where you know from the opening credits that the story will end in the "happily ever after" category for our plucky heroine. Yes, this sunny little movie is about second generation Indian families in England striving to maintain traditions that kids, more British than Indian, find increasingly irrelevant. However, no matter what your cultural background, the central theme that you should follow your bliss no matter what the hurdle is universal.
While the story might not seem strikingly original, the color-drenched tones of the movie, the over-lit action scenes and the genuine appeal of the characters, especially Jess, make this film a welcome repast, engaging and entertaining from the first moment to the last. Even if the answers seem a bit pat, it is nice to think that complicated relationships and challenges can be resolved with the proper communications and the ability to make nice, round chappatis.

What families can talk about
Families can talk about why Jess feels she cannot talk to her family about her love of sports and how she defends her subterfuge.
How does her father's cricket experience impact his view of Jess' soccer playing?
What might be the common bond between Irish Joe and Indian Jess? Nell, M. (2003, September 27). Bend it like beckham. Retrieved from http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/bend-it-like-beckham Table of Contents - Jess, is a 17 year old British born, Sikh girl who has an undying passion for football
- Jess’s parents have taken every effort to stay in touch with the families Indian heritage.
-Jess' father and mother are after their daughter to go to law school, learn to cook a traditional Indian dinner, and settle down with a nice Indian boy
- Her family is unaware that Jess has a secret passion ,football. Her parents don't know that in her spare time she likes to play a friendly game in the park with some of the boys in the neighbourhood. - One day, while Jess and her pals kick the ball around, she meets Jules, who is quite impressed with Jess' skills
- Jules plays with a local semi-pro women's football team, the Hounslow Harriers, and she thinks Jess has what it takes to make the team.
- Jess knows that her parents would never approve of their daughter playing football, so she doesn't tell them, and starts spinning an increasingly complex series of lies as she tries to keep up a double life as a student and a footballer. - Jess soon discovers a number of her new friends have their own problems to overcome; Jules dreams of playing pro ball in America, but has to deal with her stubborn and disapproving mother, while Joe, Hounslow's Irish coach, still struggles with the disappointment of a career as a professional athlete which was dashed by a knee injury. Gender role stereotypes do exist
Indian culture is represented well. ( many have gender expectations and and restrictions)
Children may become rebellious from strong restrictions
Many parents prevent children from doing certain activities. In conclusion, we found that the movie was both inspirational and influential. Bend it Like Beckham taught us a lot about different cultures and on both the anthropologist and sociologist perspectives of a few controversial issues. We also enjoyed the entertainment value of the movie because it was comical and interesting to watch. Overall, it was a great movie and was even better when looking at it from a different perspective. Q: How do norms vary between the cultures?

Indian expect the females to be at home cooking/cleaning and in school.
Indian wants their children to marry the same race/culture. Q: How does ethnocentrism affect one's viewpoint?

Q: What are the major socialization agents that teach the characters their gender roles?

Q: How do the activities that teenagers do affect their attitudes, values, and goals?

Q: Why do young people reject or accept the ideals of their parents? Jess's parents became more willing to let her play soccer.
Jess's parents were not against her friends anymore. When Jess started playing soccer, she went against her cultural heritage.
Jess's new goal was all about soccer and even lied to her parents to play Primary socialization
Jess: mother, father, sister, Jules.
Jules: mother, father, soccer team(Jess).

Secondary socialization
Jess: soccer team, other family members. New country
Friend influences
Different interests Q: What are the major influences that contribute to an individuals personal and social development? Q: Why does the behaviour of the characters vary depending on the context and on the individuals involved? Men have more power
Men work, women stay home
Women are controlled
Expected to marry same culture Family
Culture Hobbies
Friends Environment
Sex Education Human Nature
Jess' lies Q: What experiences of sexism were there among the characters? Q: How does the Indian social group differ from the British social group?
Interests Language Jess' parents towards her
Jules' mother towards her
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