Monday, May 24, 2010
Whip It. B
Whip It is not a very promising title, and its premise is even less so. A girl defies her parents by going to play roller derby? However, the movie, which happens to be the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, is surprisingly tender, supplying both an emotional impact and a sense of humor. And it also helps that this is a shamelessly entertaining story, familiar yet never tedious because of the witty, heartfelt script and solid performances. Ellen Page is the lead, and she gets great support from Marica Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, Drew Barrymore, and Kristen Wiig-among others. 'Whip It' is a solid debut for Barrymore and another good effort from Ellen Page. It's the perfect teen rebel role for her, and though she's 23, she's very convincing as a 17 year-old. I guess that's why her fellow roller derby teammates believed her when she said she was 22 (to play the game one must be at least 21). It's hard to label 'Whip It' in terms of its genre. It's a drama, it's a romance, it's a sports flick, and it's a chick flick. And I think that's what makes the movie work as well as it does. It takes an obvious plot and manages to be different. And also very enjoyable.