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What I liked about Billy Elliot is its down-to-Earth feeling--the contrast and differences of the family members ' ideas and opinions on what they like, not what's good for each individual.

It's refreshing not knowing any of the actors, just real people casting.

It's an eye-opening story about a father who wants his son to be a boxer, and the boy sneaks on the side to become a ballet dancer.

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Try not to miss this scissors up movie!

With the rage of Footloose and the wackiness of The Full Monty, Billy Elliot tells the story of a boy who just wants to dance.

This well-directed tale juxtaposes images of a coal miners' strike and the bleak living conditions of Durham, helping us to understand the urgency of this seemingly bizarre quest.

A well-acted comedy, well worth seeing.

Billy Elliot is about a young boy who has a strange desire to express himself on the ballet floor, thereby challenging everything that he has been told to be.

He was called names like poof, ballerina-boy, and tutu girl. These manes just gave him the determination to dance and to prove that it just wasn't for girls.

The best thing about the film is 14-year-old Jamie Bell's performance. He's been hoofing it since he was 6 years old. His dancing, which fuses classical ballet rigor with a loose-jointed pop showmanship is well worth the price of admission to see.

His ferocious gotta-dance-if-it-kills-me dance scene is simply electric.

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