Dir. Drew Barrymore. 2009, 111 mins. 35mm. With Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Zoë Bell. Drew Barrymore’s exciting directorial debut assembles a fierce all-girl dream team making a rowdy foray into the world of roller-derby. After teenager Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) indulges her rebellious streak by stepping into a pair of skates for the first time, she abandons her beauty-pageant life forever. Zoë Bell gets to show off her acting chops and her new-found roller skating skills as teammate Bloody Holly. Roger Ebert praised Whip It as “an unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women’s roller-derby, assuming you have any.”
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