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Nancy Shaba Extra Credit September 27, 2011 Bend it like Beckham is about soccer, race, gender and culture. It is one of my favorite movies and shows common ideas and beliefs about women and their roles in society. Jess is an eighteen year old British Indian girl living in London. Her love of soccer, and the famous soccer star David Beckham, play a huge role in her life. Her parents are mad because their daughter runs around in shorts chasing a ball. Jess’ parents have big dreams for her. They want her to become successful and “a proper Indian girl.” They want her to go to college and become a lawyer. They also want her to marry an Indian man and learn how to cook Indian food. Jess does not want this. She wants to become a professional soccer player. She plays soccer in the park with her best friend, Tony, and his friends. Jess’ older sister, Pinky, is more interested in shopping and her future wedding. She is making her parents proud by planning to marry an Indian man. Jess’ parents believe that she
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