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03 October 2009

Whip It

directed by Drew Barrymore

In today’s dreary economic climate, with its flurries of layoffs, corporate bailouts and health care bickering, who hasn’t felt the urge to strap on a pair of roller skates and lay into someone like a crazed hick at a town hall meeting? I know I have. And if good old-fashioned safe comedy is what you’re after, then Drew Barrymore’s film Whip It has it in spades. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have its moments, but those moments are few and far between, most of them containing either an always reliably fantastic Marcia Gay Harden, a humorously earnest Andrew Wilson (you’ll always be Future Man to me, Mr. W), and Barrymore herself. But I digress…Ellen Page is Bliss Cavendar, a reluctant pageant daughter who finds a new calling after a chance encounter lands her at tryouts for a roller derby team called the Hurl Scouts, coached by the trash-glam Razor (Wilson). Does she make it, you ask? Relax, she does, and as she learns to “get some” on the track, she learns about the person she longs to be. I know, I know, does it earn a merit badge for originality? No, but I don’t begrudge the film that shortcoming. What it lacks in that department it makes up for with heart, and sometimes a little bit of heart is all it takes. Now go out and get you some!
Note: Can it be? Can I believe what I'm seeing? Editor extraordinaire Dylan Tichenor with the nickname "Final Slut Pro"? I wonder if he got that from P.T. Anderson or Andrew Dominik? How cute.

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