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.
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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