What you want versus family expectations are common though out most family households. In the movie 'Bend it like Beckham' we saw the conflict between Jess and her parents on how they feel and what they want for her, how Jess sees the situation, and how it is resolved.
Mr. Bhamra, Jess's father is worried about Jess playing soccer in fear she will get hurt like he did when he wanted to play fastball, he was discriminated because of the way he looked. He wasn't allowed to play on any of the teams. Mr. Bhamra is frighten that she will be disappointed “I don't want you to build up Jesminder's hopes. She will only end up disappointed like me.” Mrs. Bhamra, Jess's mother seems more distraught on the whole soccer situation. She feels that Jess shouldn't play soccer at all but, should spend more time learning how to make full Punjabi dinner, something from her culture her mother wants her to learn. She wants Jess to immerse herself in her own culture. “You bring shame to society!” is how her mother put it because when Jess plays soccer in her uniform, the uniform exposes her legs which is against her cultural beliefs.
Jess loves playing soccer but also loves her parents. She tries to meet her mother and father's needs so they will not be disappointed in her, so she keeps her whole soccer life under wraps for quite a while till her parents find out. “But playing for the team is an honor.” Jess said defending herself trying to express how feels about soccer but, is shot down. Jess is determined to play and she keeps playing behind their backs till she gets caught once more. This time she can't do anything about it because the scout match is on the day of her sisters wedding. Making her feel helpless about the situation.
Although in the end they come to solve the problem. Her father agreed to let her play “If this is the only way to see you smile on your sisters wedding day then go now.” After Jess won her soccer match she returned to the wedding. After the wedding...
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