http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0286499/board/nest/1344380 This here is a forum discussion about Bend it like Beckham on the IMDB forums. For a change, it is a very sensible debate with thoughtful comments. The thing that strikes me as really odd is that a) most Americans seem to perceive this movie as a love story whilst I think the love story was just a tertiary part of the plot and b) skin colour STILL seems to be an issue in the US I have been in the UK for just 3 years, but from what I have seen and experienced, I think it is safe to say that Blacks, Asians and everyone else that has been here for a generation or longer has been "assimilated" into the UK culture and is seen as a member of the UK population. On the other hand, it seems as if in the American case people still think in terms of white, black and brown, rather than American The comment that made me realise this was the one by "Me Grimlock". Is the UK socially more advanced that nobody thinks of skin colour as a differentiating adjective, is it recognised as a differentiating adjective but ignored, or are white british folks just like the yanks but hide it better If I caused any offence with any of my wording, I apologise, I am interested in the cultural differences and the perceptions of cultures, I am not trying to have a dig at anyone.