I have to start by saying that I am a die-hard Ellen Page fan! I've seen nearly everything she is in and I always love her performance. In 'Whip It' she's no different. She shines in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut.
'Whip It" follows Bliss Cavender (Page) who's mother (Marcia Gay Harden) puts her through the family tradition of beauty pageants and winning crowns. Bliss is not amused by this and when she stumbles upon a roller derby term. She's found her vice. A team of tough chicks that call themselves the "Hurl Scouts". Bliss is at first wary, but she fits right in.
One of the things that made "Whip It" so good was the cinematography during the roller derby scenes. Drew apparently used hand held cameras to shoot most of them, but it doesn't come off as cheap and grainy. It's fun, and perfect for the mood.
The supporting cast is great as well, although Page is arguably the best in the film, Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell and Juliette Lewis (who plays Bliss's rival) are all great as well. The film doesn't take any of the turns you'd expect it to take like a normal Sports-rom com might. It feels hip and edgy, and I myself am glad I got introduced to a little bit more of the roller derby world. The sport itself has a pretty rabid fan base, and its for everyone. Plus how can you not be attracted to a film/sport where the girls call themselves "Bloody Holly", "Maggie Mayhem" "Eva Destruction" "Malice in Wonderland" and "Smashley Simpson"
Recommended: Yes 4/5 stars
Memorable Quote: "I can grow the balls!" - Bliss Canvender (Ellen Page)