Synopsis: In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin
Being Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, I wasn't sure what to expect. Seeing the cast that was involved with this film, I was slightly impressed. Ellen Page (Juno, The Tracey Fragments), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Kristen Wiig (Knocked Up, SNL) to name a few.
Whip It was a great film. That's putting it real bluntly. There were so many elements to this film I thoroughly enjoyed, but one of the main elements which really impressed me was the performance by Page. Although she had already impressed me with her past work, I felt as though her character in Whip It was perfectly suited for her.
Drew Barrymore, playing the brilliantly named 'Smashley Simpson' had a semi-prominent role in the film, playing one of the 'Hurl Scouts' more experienced roller-girl.
I have to address the scene with Bliss/Babe Ruthless and the boy from the band; I wasn't a fan. There were shots during this scene I admired, but ultimately really thought they should have been left out of the final cut, simply because I didn't think they belonged.
Overall though, Whip It had a good mix of humour, emotion, a little action (In the form of Roller-Derby-ing), and of course, sex appeal. With an admirable story and a mix-bag of talent, Whip It definitely delivers and definitely an excellent directorial debut by Smashley Simpson.