The 2004 Drama by [[EastIsEast Damien O’Donnell]] tells the story of two young disabled men in Ireland claiming the dignity and independence everyone deserves. It stars Steven Robertson, JamesMcAvoy and Romola Garai.

Michael Connolly (Robertson) is a young Dubliner with cerebral palsy, who lives in a Residential Home for the Disabled, when one day his boring and mundane life is turned upside down by the arrival of also wheel chair bound rebel Rory O’ Shea ([=McAvoy=]). Michael realises that the foulmouthed and opinionated Rory can understand him despite his speech impediment and they become friends. They successfully apply for Independent Living Allowance, start living together in their own flat and hire the beautiful Siobhan as their caretaker. Difficulties arise when Michael starts falling in love with the girl.

In the UK the film was released under the title ''Inside I’m dancing'' and received mixed reviews, which mostly criticised its predictability while the actor’s performances were praised.

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!!This movie contains examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Romola Garai would decide to be a nurse again in ''{{Atonement}}'', where this time she would be the one with unrequited feelings for JamesMcAvoy and he would [[spoiler: also die young of a disease]].
* TheAlcoholic: Implied with Rory's father, though in Ireland it's hard to tell.
* BaitAndSwitch: This little bit of dialogue from Rory and Siobhan
--> '''Siobhan:''' Were you born like this?
--> '''Rory:''' Like what?
--> '''Siobhan:''' Dodgy hair and shit taste in music.
* BitchAlert: Eileen, "we don't give out front door keys", "we don't allow coarse language here".
* BittersweetEnding: Prepare your tissues.
* BumblingDad: Rory's dad, who has him in care homes simply because he's unable to cope.
* [[spoiler: BuryYourDisabled]]: Type 1.
* CantSpitItOut: Michael. Literally.
* ConvenientSlowDance: Michael tries to pull this trope. It doesn't go as he expects.
* ClusterFBomb: Rory.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Michael gets one when Siobhan gives him a sponge bath. Put bluntly by Rory
--> "Did you get a hard on?"
* DecoyProtagonist: The American title would suggest Rory is the main character. He isn't.
* DialogueReversal: In one of the most tearjerking and heartwarming ways:
--> '''Rory:''' [[spoiler: While dying in hospital]] Rory O'Shea was here.
--> '''Michael:''' (''pointing to his heart'') Rory O'Shea is here.
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: Averted to the dismay of some.
* DisabledLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Subverted. Michael hopes that he would become this to Siobhan, but she doesn't reciprocate his feelings.]]
* DisabledSnarker: Rory.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The care home seems to be a combination metaphor of a strict boarding school and a prison.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Michael starts to style his hair once he leaves the care home.
* FakeIrish: None of the three principal actors are Irish. Not that You would know, though.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The ending throughout the movie.
* GeniusBonus: People who are familiar with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will see the [[TearJerker birthday scene]] in a different light.
* HandicappedBadass: Not physically, but Rory does have a very sharp tongue.
* HospitalHottie: Siobhan dons a nurse costume for a party.
* HopelessSuitor: Michael to Siobhan.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Rory doesn't want to live in the residential home anymore, which he often compares to a prison. On a less literal level it also ties in with the below.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Both protagonists. Rory even more so.
* LetsJustBeFriends: [[spoiler: Michael and Siobhan remain on good terms after Rory's death]].
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Defied.]]
* MissingMom: Michael's mother is dead and Rory's isn't around.
* ParentalAbandonment: Michael's father doesn't acknowledge his handicapped son. Until he faces him with his new friend and ne self-confidence that is.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Deconstructed.
* RagingStiffie: Michael gets one while Siobhan is washing him.
* SirSwearsALot: Rory again.
* SpikyHair: Rory's style of hair and clothing immediately sets him apart from the other inhabitants of the Home.
* TitleDrop: Played with since ''Inside I'm Dancing'' is the original title. The American title was likely taken from the quote from Rory.
* UptightLovesWild: A non-romantic version with Rory and Michael's friendship.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The first time we see Rory he's being loaded out of the van doors which have a very cagelike appearance.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Rory doesn't live to learn that Michael has gained him his Independent Living Allowance.]]