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21 Times "Bend It Like Beckham" Was Absolutely Iconic

"She's not Lebanese, she's Punjabi!"

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1. When it gifted us with this incredible line from Polly while she's fitting Jess for a sari.

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2. And all the Auntie-ji in this film are just iconic.

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3. Seriously, they deliver one of the best moments of the film.

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4. When it poked fun at the ignorant BS British Asians have to deal with sometimes.

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5. Most of it courtesy of Jules' mum, Paula.

FFS Paula.
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FFS Paula.

6. But it also deals with it seriously, like when Jess' dad talks about the racism he faced when he tried to join cricket teams in England.

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7. Which is why the scene where Jess' dad and Joe play cricket together is just so lovely.

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8. And it showed that racism could affect second-generation kids.

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9. When it brought up the rarely-talked-about subject of being homosexual and South Asian.

This was a huge moment in the movie, and the fact that Jess and Tony can confide in each other about everything and are always supportive is just the best.
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This was a huge moment in the movie, and the fact that Jess and Tony can confide in each other about everything and are always supportive is just the best.

10. When Jess gets accused of kissing a boy at the bus stop and her sister says this. In front of their parents.

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11. And their reaction faces are everything.

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12. When Jess shuts the whole argument down pretty quickly.

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13. And her parents are completely stumped by what to say back.

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14. It was pretty self-deprecating about the expectations sometimes put on daughters.

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15. And about Indian weddings.

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16. The wedding scenes had little touches that were so damn accurate. Like this.

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17. And Jess' face in this scene.

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18. When Jess' dad lets her go to play her football match just to make her happy.

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19. When Jess finally opens up to her family about what she wants; to go to university in America and have the chance to play football.

It was so great to see her be honest with her family so she wouldn't have to sneak around anymore.
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It was so great to see her be honest with her family so she wouldn't have to sneak around anymore.

20. And when her dad gave this speech before giving Jess his blessing to go.

Showing that despite the rules and expectations surrounding Jess, ultimately her parents just wanted her to be happy.
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Showing that despite the rules and expectations surrounding Jess, ultimately her parents just wanted her to be happy.

21. And when after that really touching moment, Jess' mum was still Jess' mum.

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