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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Date: Jan 31 2001

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Tanis is really excited about Billy Elliot a British film that came out recently and got great reviews. It’s about a young boy who has a talent for ballet dancing, which isn’t exactly the most macho of sports. Many guys don’t want to see the movie because it seems like a chick flick. So Tanis is having a hard time convincing John, Miguel and Zach to see it.

Dialog

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Tanis

Tanis

John

John

Migs

Zach

Zach

Tanis:  Oh, oh! Can we talk about Billy Elliot?

John:  No, that movie’s stupid.

Tanis:  What?! That movie’s the best movie I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Zach:  Not enough explosions in Billy Elliot.

Tanis:  You don’t even know, obviously, if you think that.

Migs:  Wh…what was Billy Elliot about?

Tanis:  Aw, Miguel thank you.

John:  You’re so sweet.

Tanis:  Billy Elliot is, like, the story of a little boy whose mom died and he lives with his dad and his brother and his dad and his brother work in the coal mines in Northern England. The story is like, “Here’s this lonely family in this bad situation.” Billy discovers that he has a talent for dance. But, like, that’s totally looked down on, y’know, by his dad and all the men in their town.

Migs:  So is Billy gay?

Tanis:  No, no.

Migs:  Oh. Does he wear a tutu? (laughter)

Tanis:  No. Jeez, you guys!

John:  How can you do ballet without a tutu?

Tanis:  Men don’t wear tutus in ballet.

John:  They don’t?

Tanis:  No.

John:  What do they wear?

Tanis:  They wear tights and a shirt.

John:  Oh, well that’s a different story. What kind of..what kind of kicks does he wear?

Tanis:  He has, like, black ballet shoes.

Migs:  Can he go up on his toes like…

John:  ...like Michael Jackson? (laughter)

Tanis:  No. You have to have special…you have to have special shoes to do that.

 

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Discussion

This conversation is funny because there is a lot of kidding around going on. This is typical when men and women are deciding on things like movies. Some movies are made for women and some are for men. So it’s hard to get a man to admit he likes movies that women like, especially when his male friends are around.

Notice the way John makes fun of Miguel for showing interest in the movie by saying “you’re so sweet.” See how John is being sarcastic when he says, “Oh, well that’s a different story.” Meaning that he doesn’t think wearing tights is any less girlish than wearing a tutu.

In reality Billy Elliot is supposed to be a great movie for men and women. You are sure to cry if you watch it. If you’ve seen it, tell us what you thought.

 

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Billy Eliot is not about tutu, tights, gay and etc. It’s about passion, strong passion to dance. He wasn’t that professional in the beginning but his love to ballet was beyond any skills and made him to pull it off. He din’t have any fear. He just danced, the way he could. I wish I had that devine energy to get my dreams to come true.
Very good movie.

01:54 PM Feb 20 2016 |

lebosky

lebosky

Italy

 I loved this movie …chick flick or not it was great …

09:36 AM Dec 02 2010 |

Martyszka

Poland

It's the best film for me. I love it!:)

03:09 PM Sep 23 2010 |

ErinTsai

Taiwan

super great movie:D

04:49 PM Aug 25 2010 |

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Bolivia

hi

02:05 AM Apr 10 2010 |

gabikubota

gabikubota

Brazil

owww, i want see this movie!!!

11:44 AM Jan 23 2010 |

mmparsy

mmparsy

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi

02:51 PM Oct 15 2009 |

godyorker

godyorker

Cuba

i've never thougth that film but i suppose must be interestint, melancholic and nice watch it,

09:22 AM Oct 02 2009 |

lilme

lilme

Japan

One of the best movies ever… I love it <3

04:04 AM Apr 22 2009 |

luchangcai

China

yes ,i think so too

12:05 AM Mar 18 2008 |

verolc

Argentina

Such a good film!

03:46 AM Feb 25 2008 |

幽默大师

China

I think ,only those who get the chance to do their favorite things and insist on that can be success and certainly wiss get success.

11:08 PM Feb 23 2008 |

zeinabou

zeinabou

Egypt

i hope to see this film

07:50 AM Feb 23 2008 |

Cima

Italy

Yes it's a good film

12:16 AM Feb 23 2008 |

songulakkaya_28

Turkey

my name is songül  i'm from türkey i'm a student    anadolu üni. işletme fakültsi 4.sınıf

 

12:12 AM Feb 23 2008 |

songulakkaya_28

Turkey

hello

 

12:08 AM Feb 23 2008 |

abeycity

Nigeria

Am mary by name read ur profile find it interested hope to no u more.

10:54 AM Feb 22 2008 |

Kersti

Kersti

Estonia

It´s great when boy has interest  something like balley.I like it cause it´s totaly normal .I like boys who has interests off danceing.
Right to me or add me Smile.

08:54 AM Feb 22 2008 |

danielaa31

Slovakia

Hi, I am girl from Slovakia and I am looking for somebody for communicatin in English language…. I want to improve my English and also I interested in new people…..

 

04:56 AM Feb 22 2008 |

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