Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Whip It *Movie Review*

  • Directed By: Drew Barrymore
  • Writers: Shauna Cross (Novel and Screenplay)
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Rated: PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material.
  • Language: English
  • Company: Mandate Pictures

Movie Synopsis:

In a small town in Bodeen, Texas resides a 17 year old girl named Bliss Cavendar(Ellen Page) who doesn't really know what she wants out of life like most 17 year old high school students-Her life up until now has been revolved around her best friend Pash(Alia Shawkat), her job at a local restaurant named The Oink Joint, and numerous beauty pageants fueled by her very determined mother, Brooke Cavendar(Marcia Gay Harden).

One shopping trip to Austin changes that whole lifestyle in the blink of an eye...

Now, instead of aprons, school books and custom-made dresses, Bliss will trade all those in for roller skates, teenage boys and a new attitude! With all this change happening at once however, will she be able to hold fast to both her old life and her newly discovered one, or will the two clash and leave Bliss to choose between one or the other?

My Thoughts:

I had originally wanted to see this movie (BADLY) ever since I saw it's trailer WAY back when-I even remember excitedly proclaiming to the empty room, 'I NEED to see this movie when it comes out!'

Unfortunately it did come out and within the next three days it was gone from all theaters around me *big tear* So, of course I essentially wasn't able to see the movie until it was released last month.

Talk about a HECK of a wait!

Once I saw the movie however, that heck-of-a-long-wait was absolutely, positively, 110% Worth. It.

Of course the movie has the whole teenager-finds-new-life-trouble-sets-in-all-is-well-in-end plot to it, but I didn't mind the predictability of it so much because this movie just makes you want to stand up and actually do something about your own life! Like the tagline states: 'Be your own hero.' Not only does this movie empower you to take charge of your own life (at least it did for me each of the 6 times I've watched it), but it shows girls and woman that they don't have to fit or do anything they don't want to do to be incredible-They already are.

Aside from the actual movie and plot, I really enjoyed Drew Barrymore's directorial debut! It's just the type of movie style I LOVE to watch, so I'm highly anticipating her next movie venture :)

**This is an opinion solely based on my thoughts and opinions of the movie in question and no one elses. I was not influenced one way or another to write the subject matter in this review, so if you don't like it or don't agree with it, that is your choice and I fully respect it so please extend me the same curtsy**


starnes family said...

I absolutely love it!

Erica said...

I play roller derby so I really want to see it too, it should be the next movie coming to me from netfilx. I am glad to hear it was worth the wait!

Anonymous said...

I agree. I so loved this movie. I wanted to join a roller derby team after I saw it. Great review.

Unknown said...

Sounds awesome! I have to wait for Netflix to have it!

Anonymous said...

And to think a trip to Austin changed everything.



Kelly's Lucky You said...

I agree with you completely. I did see this movie in the theater and loved, loved, loved it. It's one I will be happy to purchase, although a blog review/giveaway would be awesome, hehehe.

My favorite in the movie was the message to moms to let their daughters find their own path. Support and love them even if it's not the path you would choose for them.

Thanks for a great post.

Kathleen W. said...

I've wanted to see that too. I used to have a fantasy about doing roller derby and having a cool nickname. My friend does it and loves it. I'm just too chicken to do it, and probably too old.