Babe Ruthless. Malice in Wonderland. Smashley Simpson. How could anyone not look forward to a movie with these characters in lead roles?
"Whip It!" follows Bliss Cavender (Ellen Page of "Juno" fame), a small-town Texas girl who shuns her mother's beauty pageants to join the high-octane world of women's roller derby. No it's not the best story I've heard. And I'm sure it's riddled with clichés. But Drew Barrymore's directorial debut received rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, and it looks like an infectiously sweet, surprisingly violent romp that will inject some grrrrl power into this fall's male-dominated movie lineup.
Boasting an almost all female cast, "Whip It!" features Page, Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") and Barrymore as ladies on skates laying down the law. Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden ("Mystic River", "Into the Wild") plays Page's disapproving mother, and forgotten comedian Daniel Stern ("Home Alone," "Home Alone 2") makes a surprise turn as Page's encouraging father.
No doubt: This one will appeal more to the ladies than the men. But acclaimed cinematographer Robert Yeoman ("Rushmore," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" "Red Eye") has apparently imbued the roller scenes with some panache, and if you're up for some breezy action, playful dialogue and sugary, indie pop soundtrack, I'm sure almost anyone can enjoy. Check out the trailer below:
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