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Whip It (2009)

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_**Coming of age with the...
Saturday, November 14, 2020

_**Coming of age with the roller derby girls**_ Released in 2009, "Whip It" was Drew Barrymore's first and (so far) only full-length film in the director's chair. Drew also co-stars, but her character is decidedly peripheral. The story revolves around 17 year-old Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), her parents (Daniel Stern & Marcia Gay Harden) and her best friend, Pash (Alia Shawkat). Bliss is involved in the world of beauty pageants due to her mother's obsession, but becomes fascinated by a group of roller derby girls while visiting nearby Austin, TX. She decides to try-out for the the Hurl Scouts. "Whip It" starts out slow and only mildly interesting but it ultimately won me over. This is basically a coming-of-age drama using the roller derby as a backdrop and stage. Since Ellen Page takes center focus "Whip It" should appeal to fans of Page. I'm not a fan; I can take her...

Great watch, would watch again...
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Great watch, would watch again, and can recommend. I've actually been to some of the Austin locations and seen that roller rink: it's a pretty cool place with a powerful vibe to the room. I've really had enough of pagentry, it just feels very boring, so maybe it was the perfect way to start this movie. It's a very cliche "I don't want your life" beginning, but grounding the establishing act in that foundation really takes us on a journey of growth in this "finding of self" (possibly a "coming of age", but no really) story. When something grabs our interests, even on a weird flyer, or a pair of skates, we should pay attention, and the smaller the thing is that calls out to you, the more you should pay attention. Roller derby is a bad ass little sport, and maybe "no one gets famous" or "successful" from it, but it looks fun and...

Be your own hero! Go...
Monday, June 1, 2020

Be your own hero! Go Babe Ruthless! Whip It is directed by Drew Barrymore and adapted for the screen by Shauna Cross from her own novel, Derby Girl. Barrymore also co-stars alongside Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern and Landon Pigg. Bliss Cavendar (Page) is a bored teenage girl stuck in a rut in Bodeen, Texas. Her life consists of working at the "Oink Joint" restaurant and entering beauty contests to please her mother (Harden). Along with her friend Pash (Shawkat), she dreams of escaping to a better life. Then one day during a trip out to Austin, the girls get wind of Roller Derby, a sport for girls played on roller-skates. Intrigued they go and take in a match and Bliss is hooked straight away, it's tough, competitive and even edgy. Telling a lie about her age, Bliss decides to try out for the "Hurl Scouts" and...

Simple, fresh and enjoying girls...
Monday, June 1, 2020

Simple, fresh and enjoying girls teenager movie. Perfect for not thinking much and enjoying, without having to suffer all the stereotypes.

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