WHIP IT (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Yayy! I caught Whip It!

First I need to mention that I heard Kings Of Leon’s Knocked Up during the opening credits! OMG! I can recognize that bass line anywhere! That got me pretty much stoked and anticipating the movie and the songs it features (MGMT’s Kids, Kaiser Chiefs’ I Predict A Riot, etc.).

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a small town girl stuck in her mother’s dream of beauty pageants. One day, she discovers the world of roller derby and she makes the cut for the Hurl Scouts, despite not having any experience. She falls in love for the first time and has to find a way to juggle her parents and her best friend in order not to let herself and the people around her down.

The Manson Sisters, Rosa Sparks, Bloody Holly, Babe Ruthless, Maggie Mayhem, Smashley Simpson and coach, Razor.

I think one of the first things that attract you is the names these roller derby girls have? Bliss becomes Babe Ruthless after she learns that in a contact sport like roller derby, she has to make contact (get rough) and be ruthless. Other names include Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis) and Eva Destruction (Ari Graynor).

It’s nice to see Bliss finally finding her own ground after going against her parents and boyfriend. The final game was really exciting because the Hurl Scouts executed their strategies and even did a double-leg whip! I think one of the warm fuzzy feelings emerge when Bliss’ parents finally accepted what their daughter was good at and not force their dreams on her.

Check out: Whip It!: Clip – 23 Seconds | TotalFilm.com for a quick introduction to the rules of roller derby.

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