Life Lessons from Movies

Strictly Ballroom

In Comedy, Movies on December 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Strictly Ballroom (1992) is a comedy co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann about Fran (Tara Morice), a novice dancer who convinces Scott (Paul Mercurio), a ballroom champion, to be her partner for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix, and dance the steps their way, non-Federation, even though it means forfeiting a win.

Life Lesson:

“Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.”

—A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.

Movie Scene:

Fran: “Do you want to dance your own steps or not?”

Scott: “It’s none of your business.”

Fran: “Well, do you?”

Scott: “Look, a beginner has no right to approach an open amateur.”

Fran: “Yeah, well, an open amateur has no right to dance non-federation steps, but you did, didn’t you?”

Scott: “That’s different.”

Fran: “How is it different? You’re just like the rest of them. You think you’re different but you’re not because you’re just — you’re just really scared. You’re really scared to give someone new a go because you think they might just be better than you are. Well, you’re just pathetic, and you’re gutless. You’re a gutless wonder. Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias!”

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  1. Scott learns that nothing is won if you have to give up your dreams to accept someone else’s rules.

  2. This is a similar Life Lesson to the one in Finding Nemo (2003): Don’t always fear the worst; it prevents you from being free to enjoy life.

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