Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore is about awkward teen Bliss Cavanaugh (Ellen Page) who is lost in a world of Pageants led by her smothering mother Brooke (Marcia Gay Harden), a former beauty queen. That is until Bliss decides to follow her heart and try out for a Roller Derby league unbeknownst to her parents and becomes reborn as Babe Ruthless.
A huge plus to this film is Barrymore’s exciting cast which includes herself as Smashley Simpson. We have of course Ellen Page as Bliss/Babe Ruthless who is the star of the film. She was really enjoyable playing the misfit teen that ultimately discovers her inner self. Then we have Daniel Stern who played Earl Bliss’s easy-going father, Marcia Gay Harden as Bliss's mother Brooke and Alia Shawkat who played Bliss’s best friend Pash. Then we have the Hurl Scouts which is Bliss’s team: Eve as Rosa Sparks, Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem, Zoe Bell from Death Proof and Kill Bill as Bloody Holly and their coach Razor played by Owen Wilson’s older brother Andrew Wilson. Then we have Jimmy Fallon as Johnny Rocket, Landon Pigg as Oliver the love interest and the ahh-mazing Juliette Lewis playing Iron Maven Bliss’s nemesis. They all definitely delivered very genuine and likable performances. Also, they did all of their own stunts, which I must commend. I love any film that tries to do without any dishonest strategies and has everything done in camera especially when an actor or director is capable.
I truly find this film to be a nice triumph for Barrymore especially since it was either make this film or direct Twilight’s Eclipse. I think we all know she made the right decision in the end. Overall, it’s a pretty empowering film for females very girl-power-like but it’s still very enjoyable for males.
I rate this film a 7/10
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Now while we are on the topic of sport-related films I am also a guilty fan of Stick It, Blue Crush and A League of Their Own, etc. Now when Blue Crush 2 came out I was of course skeptical however I recently watched it and instead of doing a review I will just tell you now- DON’T SEE IT!! Oh-my-goodness, Blue Crush 2 is an embarrassment and never should have been made.