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Chak De India Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Derek Elley

    Shaky handheld lensing, terrific cutting and uplifting music build to a grandstand finish in which the main characters are bound tightly into the physical drama. It ain't subtle, but it packs a punch at a simple emotional level.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    New wave Bollywood at its best, a Hindi-language film from a Mumbai studio that shows the influence of American and foreign films.

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OK for kids 9+

Indian underdog sports film will make American girls cheer.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chak De! India is a feel-good underdog sports movie featuring girl athletes from India overcoming sexism and some racism to compete and excel. There's a little fighting (the girls get the upper hand), some sexual innuendo, and big plugs for McDonald's and Puma. A sprinkling of strong language doesn't go beyond the "s--t" in subtitles. You don't need to know much about field hockey to enjoy this movie, but you do need to be a fast enough reader to keep up with the subtitles.

  • Families can talk about their favorite underdog sports movies and how Chak De! India compares.
  • What do these Indian girls overcome that other athletes don't have to?
  • In the beginning of the movie how does the media turn Coach Kabir Kahn from someone who lost a game for his country into someone who turned traitor? Do we experience media spin to the same extent in the U.S.?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: There's plenty here about overcoming racism and sexism. There's also a poke at the media spin and what impact it can have, here turning a heroic sports figure into a traitor in his country's eyes. The coach says, "it's not strength but spirit that makes a team." Unfortunately he tries to unify and bring out the spirit in his team by letting them beat up some sexist boys in a food court.

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    Role models: In trying to mold his team the coach tows a hard line but gets the best out of his players. The girl athletes from states all around India start out divided, calling each other racist names like "Junglees" for the girls from the jungle and "Chow Mein" for girls with more Chinese features. They come along way as a team, especially considering the sexism they're up against. Even the head of the field hockey club barely wants to give them a chance, saying Indian women are better suited to cook and clean.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The girl athletes beat up sexist boys at a food court -- the soundtrack-heavy fight is meant to be comical but boys are ganged up on and hit with sticks and other objects. Girls get some bloody injuries in a few matches and one girl is instructed to rough up an aggressive team with lots of tripping and running them down. The coach raises his hand to one of his players like he's ready to strike her, then doesn't. Objects are burned in protest after a lost game.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexist banter and cat-calls, especially toward the Indian women who look more Chinese; they're asked, "How much for those melons?" One girl athlete makes a clumsy seduction attempt toward her coach that goes nowhere. One player is seen in bed with her boyfriend but they mostly talk onscreen.

  • language false3

    Language: Subtitles reveal a few bad words like, "s--t," "bloody hell," bulls--t," "dammit," "damn," and "son of a." Sexist banter and cat-calls. Please some ethnic insults.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A big scene takes place at McDonald's. As the girls progress in the tournament they get a big Puma sponsorship; a ton of Puma boxes arrive and the girls, in awe, dig in.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Girls are offered drinks at a reception.