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» This is Boston Review - Whip It

published on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 10:00

Who's in it? Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, Eulala Scheel, Drew Barrymore, Landon Pigg, Alia Shawkat.

Directed by: Drew Barrymore.

When's it out? April 7

What's it about? Youth springs eternal for Ellen Page.

The 23-year-old Canadian actress has forged a career playing dysfunctional and pithy teenagers.

There are more growing pains in Whip It!, the auspicious directorial debut of Drew Barrymore based on the novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross.

Set in the cutthroat world of women's roller derby, this unabashedly entertaining tale of female empowerment puts a traditional coming-of-age story on four wheels and celebrates the sisterly solidarity within a low-ranked team as its feisty members body-check their way up the league.

Hormonally charged teenager, Bliss Cavendar (Page), lives in sleepy Bodeen, Texas, where she is at the mercy of her beauty-pageant obsessed mom, Brooke (Gay Harden).

Ungainly and unfeminine, Bliss loves indie music and she stands little chance of winning the Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, which Brooke is convinced will be her daughter's ticket to fame and fortune.

While out shopping with Brooke and her younger sister Shania (Scheel), Bliss sees a flyer for roller derby trials and she secretly attends the tryout in Austin for league underdogs, the Hurl Scouts.

Maggie Mayhem (Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Barrymore) take Bliss under their wing and with their encouragement, the plucky teen discovers her calling as her alter ego, Babe Ruthless.

Source: www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk

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