Newcastle is a working class seaside town, with steel at its heart - but not in it. The brothers Sean (Adam Garcia) and Mitchell (Sam Worthington), have been tap dancing since they were toddlers. As young men, they work in the steel mill like everyone else, but Sean\'s feet are pointing away from here, to tap into his future. Mitchell is more inclined to start a trucking business. Their widowed dad prefers Mitch\'s option, unaware that Mitchell is doing a bit of illegal car stripping to help save up for a truck. This creates bitter rivalry with a fellow car \'operator\', which leads to a fatal confrontation. Meanwhile, both brothers fall for Linda (Sophie Lee), with dramatic consequences. And in a tough town like Newcastle, where dancing men are often misunderstood, it takes the town\'s misfortune to put Sean\'s tapping ambitions into perspective.
 

3.5
An exuberant feel-good movie that you overlook any minor glitches.

In the industrial city of Newcastle where unemployment looms Sean Okden (Adam Garcia) dreams of getting out. He`s a talented but precocious tap dancer, as is his brother Mitch (Sam Worthington). Mitch dreams of owning his own tow-truck and dabbles in illegal activities to get the money he needs. Sean gets his chance to dance with a show in Sydney just as he meets Linda (Sophie Lee). Mitch moves in on Linda while Sean`s away and is discovered in Linda`s bed when Sean returns home after being fired. Disillusioned with love and life Sean`s determined to form his own dance troupe with a few like-minded mates.

This crowd-pleasing tale owes much of its inspiration to Strictly Ballroom. The dancing is terrific, but having cast for the most part for an ability to dance rather than act, Dein Perry then tends to cut the dance sequences as if he`s dealing with non-dancers which is just a bit disappointing. Performances are adequate with one exception, Sam Worthington as Mitch is a stand-out. Bootmen does have moments that make you uneasy but generally the sheer good-nature of the film sweeps you along helping you overlook any minor glitches.

David`s comment:
Exuberant feel-good movie from the TapDogs team, with touches of autobiography from Newcastle-born Dein Perry. The tap dance scenes are simply terrific (pity they`re over-edited) and generally this is a sweet story along FULL MONTY lines, which uses the backdrop of Newcastle to great advantage. You could quibble at some things, but better to just enjoy it