An 18 year old girl from a strict Sikh family wants to play
football, much to her parents annoyance because she can't make aloo gobi or round chapatis (honestly, that's a line in the script).
This annoyingly twee multicultural comedy plays it safe by
Bending it Backwards to be as politically correct as possible, but is actually quite racist towards white people and their attitude towards multiculturalism, especially since it's set in a part
of London which has had a huge Asian community for decades! (I know this because I used to live there)
The characters are unrealistic caricatures, the story lacks
genuine credibility, especially the unnecessary romance which borders on criminal and does not result in the adult coach being disciplined by the Football Association. We're also treated
to Keira Knightley going through the whole film with a scrunchface and another character who comes out as gay for absolutely no reason.
The PC brigade at the UK Film Council probably thought they
had the best thing since Chicken Balti here. I'd rather have watched a film about a young girl whose dream was to make the perfect aloo gobi and cling onto her strict Indian values but her
parents are pressuring her into embracing a relaxed Western culture.
The Hounslow Harriers football club does not exist in real
life, but almost all the players in the movie are professional footballers.