Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a 17-year-old-girl residing in small-town Texas, reluctantly entering beauty pageants to please her mother (Marcia Gay Harden). All she wants is something a little more from life. So when she sneaks out to a roller derby bout, Bliss's world is turned upside down. Dazzled by its potentialy life-changing powers, she joins the Hurl Scouts, becomes alter-ego ‘Babe Ruthless’ and meets a boy from a local band about to make it big. 

Surely her double life can’t last...

Whip It may have its faults: formulaic at times, some characters less than engaging and the sport itself is a tad confusing, but luckily, it also happens to be funny, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, engaging and extremely enjoyable. Page can do no wrong, and Barrymore, with a confident, crowd-pleasing directional debut, should maybe consider giving up the acting for good.

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