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Bootmen may be plagued by its more poignant, upstart Great Britain counter part, Billy Elliot, which was released earlier than this lively, yet contrived Aussie import helmed by Dein Parry.

The ex-choreographer uses his own personal experiences to film a blue collar version of Flashdance for guys with steel toe shoes.  Parry uses Newcastle's steel mill for protagonist Sean Okden (Adam Garcia-Coyote Ugly) to do flashy tapping with metal sealed to the soles of work boots.

Before paying his dues in the Big Apple, the former machinist and fitter uses his roots in Newcastle to realize his renowned Tap Dogs dance company on the silver screen.

Bootmen isn't as crisp in its direction and narrative drive as some of its energetic movements by the agile performers.  Like the hamlet of Durmham County in Billy Elliot, Sean's wishes aren't taken seriously by his widowed father (Richard Carter) and his neighbors.

This latest high stepping hoofer tale which borrows from the 42nd Street era, Fame and The Full  Monty, shows Parry high on creating energy on the floors of drudgery.

Don't look for much complexity of character or storyline as the familiar elements include an elder, challenged instructor, Sean's troubles with the establishment and the strained bond of a parent and child.

Parry infuses the proceedings with an MTV-ish directorial style that undermines his brisk pacing with too much cutting.  Though he does capture a certain excitement to be had for those who like a variation on old Astaire numbers.  Bootmen is too metallically pronounced from a blossoming film maker who doesn't effectively coalesce resonant entertainment with his eager, tapping steelworkers.

 
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