Monday, February 1, 2010

Whip It (2009)

Dir: Drew Barrymore
20th Century Fox DVD

Drew Barrymore's directing debut about a teen girl (Ellen Page) growing up in a small town near Austin, TX who is trying to find her own identity. She does so in roller derby. From that description you should be able to see the entire movie play out in your mind. Her dad's cool, her mom's not. She's on the underdog team that rallies back for victory. She meets a punk rock boy, etc.. Yes it's full of heart and everyone understands each other in the end, and it hits every beat it wants to. And in doing so, Barrymore has created the safest film ever made involving counter culture. Not a horrible watch, just forgettable.


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