"Bend It Like Beckham" and "10 things I Hate about You" - comparison

"Bend It Like Beckham" and "10 things I Hate about You" - comparison Essay example
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‘Bend it like beckham’ (2002) by Gurinder Chadha and ‘10 things I hate about you’ (1999) by Gil Junger, are two movies that depict two culturally diverse lifestyles; With ‘Bend it like Beckham’ portraying not just the perceived and deep rooted differences between the British and Asian lifestyles, but also the numerous clashes that are found within the Punjabi community itself.


That being said the themes of the two movies are a lot more similar despite their obvious differences. Both films include theme of stereotyping and labeling, a depiction of personal values, conformity, accepting differences, domesticity vs. freedom, parents vs. children, self definition and change (Lawson, 2003). These themes are highlighted and portrayed through the central characters of these films. The character of Jasminder Bhamra, the British-born daughter of orthodox Sikh parents, who is perceived by others to be very much like any other Indian girl; polite, family oriented and spiritual. It is presumed that she will fall into her parent’s plans of completing school, learn to prepare a full traditional Punjabi dinner, and then marry a proper Indian boy. However appearances can be deceptive as Jess has other plans for her life. She loves David Beckham. Her room was a partial shrine dedicated to the Manchester United star. Her love for Beckham was not due to his good looks but she herself happened to be a footballer, and she admired his athletic skills in particular. ...
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