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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Ellen Page
Drew Barrymore
Kristen Wiig
Marcia Gay Harden
Juliette Lewis
Directors
Drew Barrymore
Screenwriters
Shauna Cross
Running Time
111 minutes

Whip It
Roller vixens a go-go in Drew’s directorial debut


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Plot
Bliss (Page), a teenager who pleases her mother (Gay Harden) by competing in beauty pageants, takes up roller derbying under the name Babe Ruthless. Thanks to her skating skills, the Hurl Scouts — perennial last-placers — turn around and rise up the league. However, eventually her mother finds out about her new passion.


Verdict
Barrymore, among the most consistently admirable women in showbiz, can proudly add a Guides badge for Meritorious Directing to her many other achievements. Excellent emo chick coming-of-age drama plus broads in fetish gear battering each other on roller skates — frankly, a film that offers something for everyone.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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