by Jessica David, published Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 17:10:27|
In Bodeen, Texas - Indie-rock loving misfit Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), an angst-ridden teen waitress working at The Oink Joint (no lie), is locked in a battle of wills with her disapproving mother (Marcia Gay Harden) who's busy trying to mould her into a beauty queen, whilst desperately trying to find her true place in the world. After spotting a bunch of roller-girls at 'the mall', Bliss throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby, swapping heels for wheels and learning a thing or two about living in the process.
As fans of both Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page (of Juno fame), we were expecting big things from this coming-of-age chick flick, and thankfully we weren't disappointed. Whip It is cute, happy-slappy and bursting with girrrrl-power! A familiar formula (small-town girl dying to get out into the big bad world) given an unfamiliar home (the world of girls' roller derby) keeps the format fresh, whilst top notch performances from Page, Barrymore (who is also making her directorial debut) and a scary Juliette Lewis make the movie unmissable. Throw in a romping, fist-shaking soundtrack of indie-rock and a smidge of sweet-natured romance (between Bliss and rock-band boyfriend) and you've got the perfect kick-ass, girl-buddy movie to enjoy with your gal pals.
Whip It released on DVD 16 August 2010.