Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whip It

Ellen Page is probably one of the best actresses out there now. So, of course, I had to see Whip It (2009). And also, it is Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, so I was curious to see how she went behind the camera.
Whip It is not about whips or leather, of anything about that, rather, it's about Roller-skating Derby's. What are these? A brutal all-female sport where you are on a team with about 6 others, and you roller-skate round and round a bowl trying to smash out your opponents. It is a very entertaining sport. Bliss Cavendar (Page) is a teenager bored with her life where she is groomed to be a beauty queen by her mother (Marcia Gay Harden). She works at a burger place in a small time called Bodeen in Texas. She hears about this roller-derby event in Austin, and decides to go to it, and sees her true calling. She gets in the team called 'Girl-scouts', and takes the new name 'Babe Ruthless'. But she is living this life while keeping it a secret from her parents.
The movie has a mostly female cast, which is made up of Zoe Bell, Eve, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis and even Drew Barrymore, who make a good ensemble cast supporting the wonderful Page. Does Drew Barrymore make a good director? Yes, and I'd love to see more of her work. Whip It is an enjoyable, fun, and inspiring film, and is a must-see of the summer.

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