The Influence of Religion in "Bend it like Beckham".

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"Bend it like Beckham" is an inspiring and meaningful movie for many different reasons. It highlights many important events that can be witnessed in real life situations today. One of the most crucial events that it focuses on is the confrontation between two completely different religions. The movie is about a Sikh girl named Jess on her mission to fulfill one of her secretive and deepest passions, and that is to play soccer. Unfortunately her passion leads her to many tribulations and impediments. The major tribulation is defying her religious faith of already being arranged a marriage with somebody, Jess (protagonist) does not want to be forced to marry somebody, she wants to marry a person of her own desire. Jess wants to marry somebody of a different religion and this leads to major conflict between the family.


"Bend it like Beckham" is a coming-of-age tale about an 18 year old Sikh female named Jessminder "Jess" Bhamra.

Jess is a Sikh female living in the Western suburbs of London, England. London is predominantly known for its immense love for the spectacular sport of soccer. Her first generation Punjabi immigrant parents encourage to obtain a proper education and attempt to be inducted into a proper university and than become a solicitor. Her family also expected her to participate without denial into an arranged marriage in the near future, with a man she barely even knew. Jess decides to go against most of the family traditions. She decides to begin playing soccer which was one of her deepest and secretive passions. While playing in the park, a girl named Jules is surprised and delighted with Jess' talent and offers Jess an opportunity to finally begin her long awaited soccer career. Jess obviously accepts the delightful offer even...