BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002)

dir. Gurinder Chadha. Jess (Parminder Nagra), is the youngest daughter of a conservative Sikh family who defies per parents wishes to pursues her love of football, making friends with footballer Jess (Keira Knightley). Delightful feel good dramatic comedy. The two young leads are brilliant, forming a touching and believable friendship very quickly. The supporting cast is great, especially seeing Archie Panjabi as the older sister getting married, Panjabi is perhaps best known now as the mysterious privater investigator Kalinda in ‘The Good Wife’ TV series. The best kind of sentimental film, I don’t mind being emotionally manipulated like this, when the cast is so delightful. Fantastic mix of Bollywood style songs and 1990s British pop music. I love the bloopers and singing over the credits, it just makes you smile.

SWEPT AWAY (2002)

dir. Guy Ritchie. This was a mistake. Madonna plays wealthy heiress, who gets stranded on a desert island with working class fisherman, who she was rude to previously. He beats and rapes her, which makes her fall in love with him, they don’t stay together, but who cares. I was expecting an overly-sentimental, cheesy love story, but this is offensive and boring. It’s not worth seeing just to see how bad it is. It’s a remake of a 1974 Italian film, which apparently has the same plot, including the sexual violence.