Running Time: 111 Minutes
Release Date: 2-Oct-2009
One Sentence: TXRD!
I live in Austin Texas, where we have 2 different Roller Derby leagues, who alternate seasons, so we practically have full year Roller Derby here. I am a fan of these awesome girls and their ass-kicking sport. So I wasn't sure when I heard about the movie, if it was going to be watered down, or if first time director Drew Barrymore would find the pulse that Derby delivers and give it to audiences across the country.
I don't know if I would say that Whip It delivers the exact hardcore awesomeness of Austin's Roller Derby leagues which the movie takes place in, but it is so damn good that it doesn't matter. This movie just has a lot going for it and is executed pretty damn well for a first time director. Coming of age, love, fights, friendship, family and love all intertwine here with a bunch of roller girls kicking ass and having fun. Everyone in this movie delivers a great performance and just makes every scene the best they can. Ellen Page is again wonderful and she is backed up by a ton of other talent, that all make Whip It a joy to watch.
I know there are 3 movies this weekend at least that I would have to pick from, and it would be a hard choice to tell you which one to go to this weekend. If it were me however, I think I would go with Whip It over the other two. This movie just is too damn fun to wait on. So if you like hot girls on wheels skating in a circle, go check out Whip It over Capitalism or The Invention Of Lying.