Whip It!

Whip It (c) 2009 Fox Searchlight

Whip It (c) 2009 Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight – 2009
Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis (and let’s not forget Zoe Bell)
Director: Drew Barrymore

Roller derby.  Never have two words instilled within me so much excitement and nervous anxiety.  The first time I saw a bout, I was hooked.  I even went so far as to buy a pair of Riedell skates a few years back and I started frequenting Skateland – a indoor skate track I’d gone to as a kid growing up in Olympia.  I was so into derby that I bought myself a few t-shirts for my favorite teams (the Holy Roller royal blue shirt with the mudflap girl, in particular, garnered lots of attention), and was called “trailer trash” by a colleague at work.

Ah, derby.  You can’t top it.  You can’t even match it.

I was lucky enough to score a couple of passes to an advance screening of Whip It which was shown tonight at the Uptown in lower Queen Anne.  We stand in line for an hour (it’s wet and cold – Autumn has definitely arrived in Seattle) and I’m struck by the wide range of people the film is drawing.  Everyone leaves the theater smiling, excited about what they’ve just seen.

Whip It is sharp, witty, relevant, poignant and exciting.  Yes…I just described a movie that is, at its heart, about derby.

Read the rest: flixsation.com’s Whip It review.

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