by: Steve Worland, Hilary Linstead,
Adam Garcia, Sam Worthington, Sophie
Lee, William Zappa, Matt Lee, Chris
Horsey, Lee McDonald, Drew Kaluski,
Jonno Zissler, Richard Carter, Anthony
Hages, Justine Clarke, Susie Porter
is a heartwarming, inspiring drama in
the spirit of THE FULL MONTY-with an Aussie
twist. The film is guaranteed to entertain
while shattering all preconceptions that
men who dance are sissies.
Okden, 20, and brother Mitchell, 22, are
disenchanted by their unfulfilling jobs
as Newcastle steelworkers. Sean is determined
to get out of town at any price. His chance
comes when he auditions for and gets the
part in a Sydney tap show. Sean jumps
at the opportunity to leave behind the
life of a steelworker to pursue his childhood
passion. Mitchell auditions for the show
as well, but is clearly more of a pragmatist
than a dreamer. He opts to stay in Newcastle
and continue his work at the steel mill
in order to save up for his dream of buying
a rig. Of course, what tale would be complete
without a little romance? Enter Linda,
an attractive, spirited beauty salon owner.
She quickly takes a liking to the younger
brother, but is cautious when a friend
reveals his nickname, "doorknob Sean"-everyone
gets a turn. The film picks up the pace
after Sean returns from Sydney and finds
things aren't quite as he left them. Bother
Mitchell is in trouble, the romance with
Linda is amiss, and the mill has laid
off all its workers. Turning misfortune
into opportunity, Sean focuses his energy
on making something of himself by starting
his own tap group-Bootmen.
worried at first that this was going to
be yet another tale of sibling rivalry-the
ever successful Sean ventures out while
Mitchell willingly stands in the shadow
of his little brother. However, I quickly
realized that BOOTMEN had much more to
offer. The universal themes of love, acceptance,
friendship, and family form a compelling
story for audiences male and female, young
and old to enjoy.
I appreciate that Perry manages to create
a feel-good movie without being cheesy.
(In my opinion, there's nothing worse
than getting into a film and then, halfway
through, it turns into a big cheese-fest.)
The dialogue is witty and the characters
are real. After watching BOOTMEN, audiences
will likely leave the theater pondering
their own dreams and envisioning ways
for those dreams to become reality.
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
Wait for video rental.
Check out the video from the library, if you must.
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