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 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.

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Great messages
age 15+

A lot of profanity

This is an excellent movie, it deals with LGBT+ issues in a sensitive manner. It has a lot of profanity which reflects the time and period it is set in and matches the movie, I would suggest it needs a degree of maturity to understand this that requires an older teen.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

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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