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Parents' Guide to

Billy Elliot

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.

Movie R 2000 111 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 10+

Very positive message

This film is really positive. I am eleven and I understood all of it. I is really sad as parents punch and push there kids but all is made up in the end. There is homophobic remarks but as long as children understand what it means then they will understand the context. Lots id swearing including lots and lost of F words but not unneccessarelly. Two boys arekissing and being romantic but it is quite sweet. One boy punches another but no blood is shown. Police beat someone but the only thing that is shown is some bloody sheets. Every person deserves to see this film as it is an important message. Really great cheacters and empowering messages. I think most people will thoroughly enjoy this film.
age 12+

Inspirational, emotional story

The main storyline is about an 11-year old boy, from a working class background, who discovers a love of ballet. The family struggles with poverty and loss in the context of 1984 mining strikes in northern England - these themes add emotional depth and a broader historical perspective to Billy's inspiring and touching story. A great watch - there is a lot of bad language, including parents with their kids, and all the adults smoke - so be aware.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (33 ):

This film is well above average -- tender, funny, and touching. Bell is extraordinary as Billy, and Lewis is first-rate as the father who makes an unbearably painful sacrifice in order to give his son the chance he never had. Director Stephen Daldry has a real gift for visual storytelling, and it's on display in Billy Elliot. A chase through hanging laundry, dance lessons in a boxing ring, and the opening shot of Billy on a trampoline are images that are fresh and memorable.

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