|Reviewed on 2009-10-06|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Comedy / Drama|
Drew Barrymore will impress audiences with her direction debut in “Whip It!” starring Ellen Page as Bliss who is discovering who she is and dealing with all the drama of being a teenager. When Bliss goes to watch a roller derby contest she is instantly hooked. In awe of these strong triumphant girls that skate to victory. Of course there is a little more than skating, as it is a physical sport. When Bliss approaches one of the team members Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and tells her she is her new hero she informs Bliss tryouts are next week and she should come out; “Put on a pair of skates and be your own hero”, sentiments that ring true through the end.
Bliss hesitant at first trys out and is found to be one of the fastest skaters on the team. To her surprise she makes the cut and begins training. Unbeknownst to her parents, especially her overbearing mother (Marcia Gay Harden) who would much rather sees Bliss in a dress at a beauty pageant then in fishnets using her aggression on the track. Bliss’ double life eventually catches up to her as she is lying to her team about her age and lying to her parents about taking SAT classes while she is in competition.
Bliss is not willing to give up on the one thing that makes her happy and when her parents realize this and see her fans they are amazed by their little girl. “Whip It!” is the film for the Fall, also making it one of my favorite films this year. It takes girl power to the extreme and made me wish I was a roller derby girl. Jam packed full of excitement, action, humor and intensity. Ellen Page once again proves to be an A list star with an agenda. Kristen Wiig proving she has a lot more to offer than her comical tendencies as her heartfelt mothering role showed. On top of these stellar performances, we get to listen to some great tunes. “Whip It!” can’t be missed, roll on in to theatres this weekend and catch this brilliant film.