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Whip It
Escaping her smothering mother's (Marcia Gay Harden) beauty pageant plans for her, small-town Texas teen Bliss (Ellen Page) joins an all-girl roller derby team in Austin and begins living a thrilling double life as Babe Ruthless -- a life that might catch up with her. Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut and plays fellow teammate Smashley Simpson in this smart coming-of-age tale. Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Eve and Jimmy Fallon co-star.
Synopsis compliments of Netflix
Comedy, Indie, Sports
Ellen Page is great as always, and I liked Marcia Gay Harden's portrayal (don't usually), but the roller derby premise didn't strike me as very believable. Some fun parts, mildly entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.
Kristen Wiig is a supporting part, but she really shines in this movie. Kind of fun, but not particularly compelling in any way. Some of the skating sequences are pretty amusing, and the characters are colorful, but the overarching story is bland.
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