All the Right Moves

The cast of Bend It Like Beckham make a great team

A few years ago, a movie like this — an Indian girl dreams of playing professional football despite her parents' insistence that she train to be a good wife — would have been either too Asian or too British for most audiences. But now London's West End regularly makes space for Bollywood flicks, and British film has earned new respect at home and overseas. The way is clear for movies with mixed-race casts to explore issues other than culture clash and racism. Enter Bend It Like Beckham, a small film with a big heart that topped U.K. box offices when...

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