Billy Elliot (2000, rated R, 111 minutes) is about aspirations, with clap-your-hands dancing and a helping of human kindness.
Jamie Bell pretty much flawlessly plays 11-year-old Billy, the son of a widowed struggling coal miner in County Durham in northern England. Billy suddenly realizes that dancing is more interesting than boxing.
You won’t be surprised by the obstacles that Billy overcomes to get accepted by the Royal Ballet School in London. You will be delighted to watch Billy dancing when he’s happy and when he’s mad as heck. You will want to hug Billy’s dad when he finally realizes that dancing isn’t shameful, and that his son has a talent that just won’t quit.
Not least important, you’ll be reminded that a kid who can be a great dancer is born every day in a slum, somewhere.
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