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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Drew Barrymore’s bruiser of a directorial debut is a hugely entertaining, feel-good hit. You’ll be cheering for Ellen Page’s plucky ‘Babe Ruthless’ as she hooks up with a roller derby squad, enjoys a bit of romance and high-fives her best buddies.... More
On the surface the film is structured much like Bend It Like Beckham and features the same central struggle about a daughter following her sporting dreams despite an unimpressed parent. Just swap soccer boots for skates.
But Whip It stakes out its own identity with empathetic characters and wonderfully subtle performances, particularly from Marcia Gay Harden as a hard-to-win-over mother. And it’s great to see some more of Andrew Wilson (Owen and Luke’s brother) as the lackadaisical coach.
The scenes of the sport itself are filmed with enough variation and vitality to keep things exciting; no small feat for what is essentially rolling around in circles. All set to the beat of a comprehensive indie rock soundtrack with everyone from Peaches to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Barrymore’s brilliantly-cast roller romp is a great promo reel for the roller derby movement. Expect sign-ups all over the country after this.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Drew Barrymore directs a fun, entertaining movie that, like the recent movie THE RUNAWAYS, can be enjoyed by anyone - regardless of what sexual equipment resides in their underwear. Ellen Page is great - as always - and it's great to see such a solid supporting cast: Drew Barrymore, Alia Shawkat, Kristen Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden, Zoe Bell - and especially good to see Juliette Lewis after what seems like ages! Great soundtrack too!
Really really liked this film, not because it was amazing or anything but because it was full of Drew Barrymore's quirky style. It didnt have any of that hollywood drama that seems to be in so many films at the moe. Gives a funny insight to the world of roller derby's too lol
If you like DB's quirky weirdness spin then this movie you will like.
Great movie to go to with your friends who are girls :)
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