"Dream Big and Work Hard"
BALLET SHOES is a generally well-made story about three orphaned girls adopted by an elderly paleontologist and his niece. The three orphans decide they want to make history. One pursues an acting career, one pursues ballet and the third wants to become a pilot. BALLET SHOES is a BBC television production very briefly released in American theaters before going on DVD.
BALLET SHOES is a bit disjointed and a little slow in places, but young girls may find it entertaining. The trio of orphans includes Emma Watson, who has been in several Harry Potter movies. For most of the movie, the kind man who rescued them is off exploring the world. His niece, who he adopted years earlier and is now a grown woman, serves as a surrogate mother to the orphan girls. Because of financial difficulties, they wind up taking in boarders and pressure mounts on the girls to help bring in income. Pauline (played by Emma Watson) manages to get a paying part in a play. Petrova, played by Yasmin Paige, catches the eye of a Russian ballet teacher who offers free personal instruction because she sees remarkable potential. The third girl, Posy, played by Lucy Boynton, makes friends with a boarder who is a mechanic.
The girls battle to survive, to get ahead and to maintain their civility in a highly competitive society. They make an annually renewed pact to each become famous. At one point, when faced with difficulty, they add a call for God’s help in their annual vows to become famous. The Bible warns against vows and oaths – with the exception of wedding vows – but at least these vows are not presented as anything occult in nature. They are more of a promise to help each other become famous. This too is troublesome, however, because the desire to become famous is dangerous from a biblical standpoint. Such a pursuit can lead to pride. The goal of a Christian should be to glorify God and to combat pride should one’s work for God result in fame or fortune.
BALLET SHOES is far better than most movies made, including many very popular ones, but it could have been truly inspiring had the girls sought to pursue God’s will rather than just fame and fortune.
(Ro, B, N, A, D, M) Primarily light Romantic worldview about pursuing fame and fortune with some biblical elements such as elderly paleontologist shows compassion by taking in orphaned niece as well as three orphaned babies from his international travels, three orphaned girls make annually renewable pact to make history, and protagonists appeal to God for help; no profanity or obscenities; no sexual content; scene in bathtub but only shown above shoulders; some drinking of alcohol; some smoking; and, an act of selfish behavior condemned and girl briefly runs away from home.
BALLET SHOES is a well made story about three orphaned girls adopted by an elderly paleontologist and his niece. The orphans make a pact to make history. Pauline successfully pursues acting. Petrova catches the eye of a Russian ballet teacher, who offers free personal instruction because she sees remarkable potential. Finally, Posy, pursues an interest in becoming a pilot. Briefly released in theaters before going on DVD, the movie stars some actors from the Harry Potter movies.
At one point in BALLET SHOES, the three girls add a call for God’s help in their annual vows to become famous. The Bible warns against vows and oaths, but the vows are not presented as anything occult. Also, the desire to become famous can be dangerous because such pursuits can lead to pride. The goal of a Christian should be to glorify God and to combat pride if one’s work does result in fame or fortune. Free of bad language, sex and violence, BALLET SHOES is far better than most movies made, but it could have been truly inspiring had the girls sought to pursue God’s will instead of just fame.