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| | 1 hr 50 min | Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Billy Elliot is a film set in the United Kingdom, that follows a fun loving 11 year old boy's passion for dance along with his desire to become a professional despite the negativity he faces for chasing his dream. Starring Jamie Belle as young Billy Elliot followed by Adam Cooper, as adult Billy. It also stars Gary Lewis as Jackie, Billy's father. Billy's dad, like his son, also wanted to become a dancer along with Billy's brother Tony, but they unfortunately did not have the zeal to chase their dreams and became coal miners instead. After Billy takes a hesitant trip to a boxing game with his father, he is distracted by a ballet class that he would much rather go to instead and ends up sneaking out to have class with the ballet teacher.

The dance teacher discovers Billy's talent and encourages him to chase his dream by attending the popular Royal Ballet School in England. This is a decision that upsets his father and brother. A series of events follow and ultimately lead to Billy's father accidentally catching him dancing with his teacher, which makes him discovers Billy's true passion and therefore helps his son continue his dream. The audience may feel for Billy's passion to chase his dreams despite the odds and they may share the family's mixed feelings on the matter due to their insecurities about society's opinions. Through this film, a child may be thrust into finding their own path to adamantly meet their dreams any way that they can. Audiences around the world may learn from stories they see like this. They may also live their life vicariously through film, if they are afraid. Others may have already lived Billy's life and some would see this film as just a pure entertaining night at the movies.The film may remind the audience how most parents may not always agree with the child's life choices until they discover that this is the path that they were destined to take.

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Stars
Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Jean Heywood
Director
Stephen Daldry
Language
English
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