Plot – In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with small-town misery after discovering a roller derby league in nearby Austin – Whip It.
Director – Drew Barrymore
Released – 2009
Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It is truly a hidden gem which can be likened the equally charming Juno but on Skates and not just because Page plays similar characters in both films, follows a similar theme of finding oneself, eccentric yet lovable parents, witty flowing dialogue and strong representation, however, Whip It has enough up its sleeve to give the film its own recognisable feel. Roller-derby. Barrymore successfully captures the fun and frenzied nature of this sport and bringing to life in a manner reminiscent of 1975’s Rollerball.
Beneath the action is a charming coming-of-age story that wears its heart on its sleeve that, despite being slightly predictable and clichéd in places, is filled with genuinely intriguing characters and laugh out loud comedic moments littered throughout. Using his skills to create cute and loveable underdogs Page stamps his mark with another splendid, oddly appealing performance, while his superb comic timing is improving with every role they take, while the huge supporting cast proves to be just as great. Kristen Wiig the pick of the bunch, proving that she is just in skilled in a toned-down comedic role.
Whip It is a laugh-a-minute affair with a bigger than average heart, memorable characters, and a terrific little indie soundtrack.
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