Name: Whip It
Director: Drew Barrymore
Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman
A young girl, from an out-of-the-way town in Texas, happens upon the chance to go around a track in skates and fuck shit up.
In Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, she brings life to “Derby Girl”, the 2007 novel written by Shaunna Cross (who also wrote the screenplay for “Whip It”). Considering this is her directorial debut, the movie was great and was cast wonderfully. With Ellen Page playing the lead, and actors such as Drew Barrymore (Of course), Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, and Eve, (and quite a few familiar faces whose names you wont remember), the result is a cast of wholly believable characters, and a great story.
Bliss Cavender is your average, “alternative”, teenage girl living under a mother who forces her to compete in beauty pageants claiming that they will help her in the future, although she never really says why. Bliss works at a restaurant called “Oinks” with her best friend Pash, an overachiever, and a sort-of-friend who is known as “Birdman”. While out thrift-shopping with her mother in Austin one day a group of Derby Girls ride in on their skates to drop of fliers for an exhibition match, and even though they were just average girls, in Bliss’ eyes, they might as well have been Amazon Warriors coming in to show off their battle garb. On the day of the exhibition match Bliss, and Pash, run off to Austin and are transported into a new world, a world of strong warrior women who skate fast and beat each other to a pulp. Bliss is enchanted she wants more she wants to be a part of it all, so she decides to try out for the league, and that just opens a door to so many great things, but unfortunately shitty things too, but you’ll have to watch the movie for that.
This is definitely a great movie to watch if you’re in the mood for a sort of “indie-feel-good” movie, but it’s also a great movie to watch if you want to see Drew Barrymore get punched in the face, or an all-woman food fight, because those are completely legitimate reasons to see the movie too.