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Whip It

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A lot of guys may have looked at this and instantly thought "chick flick." It is all about girl power, but you shouldn’t let that bother you.  It really is a very good little coming-of-age tale set in the wild world of female roller derby.

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She’s just hitting that age where she can do what she wants instead of what he parents tell her she wants. The only problem is she doesn’t know what she wants. It’s not very unique at all in that sense, just very nicely done.

I enjoyed it much more than Ellen Page's breakout movie Juno. I found that to be a little overrated. I always thought it came off like she was trying too hard to be this witty, dry, but lost kid.  In this movie, it seems much more natural. I think she may have improved her range a little bit since Juno.

The movie is also loaded with some great supporting performances. Drew Barrymore was excellent. She was hilarious in her role (and what a great directorial debut) as the well-meaning, but misguided Smashley Simpson. Kristen Wiig also showed some depth I didn't realize she had. She was very quietly one of the best roles in the movie. She’s the big sister Page’s character needed and looked very comfortable in that role. I also have to say Juliette Lewis was born to play white trash. She does it with a certain flare that is very enjoyable and believable.

Rating: Thumbs up.