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Review of Whip It on DVD

9:24 PM


We love films for the whole family here at Lille Punkin', but let's face it... sometimes the grownups need a movie night of their own. Hubby and I enjoyed a screener of Whip It, starring Ellen Page of Juno fame and directed by Drew Barrymore. Did we enjoy it? Yes!

A small town girl with big time problems (her mom pushed her to do beauty pageants), Bliss Cavender gets into the underground world of Roller Derby. Although the girls in this sport are rough n' tumble, sweet Bliss manages to fit right in and find her talent -- without compromising her softer ways. Girl power is the theme of this movie, but it's not to the point of being preachy or far out. In fact, some of the situations that our heroine finds herself in are far from glamorous (she experiences a "first time" with an older boy and ends up losing her best friend.) We enjoyed the fact that the film presented her choices as subject to consequence, even though it does have quite the happy ending.

We laughed a lot during this film, although I would classify it more as "coming of age" than slapstick. The characters really make the movie: Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Daniel Stern, Jimmy Fallon, and of course Drew Barrymore all make wonderful appearances and carry the somewhat turmoil-filled plot to the very end in an enjoyable way. If you want a realistic, flawed, but charming character that you can root for to the very end, Whip It makes for a good underdog story.

Note: Since the film is PG-13, we wouldn't recommend it for children (not even many teenagers.) There is language, some sports violence, a non-graphic love scene (which is later regretted), and some slang humor. I would say that overall, none of these things were gratuitous, and I was impressed by Ms. Barrymore's decision to keep it at a level that I felt comfortable with -- some PG-13 films border on the R line. This did not.

Whip It (which is a reference to a skating move) is available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment now. Check it out on Amazon (aff) or your favorite video retailer.

Wanna Win? We have 3 copies of this film to give away. To be entered, just comment on this post with why you think you might want to catch a free flick! You have until February 24th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

* A DVD screener was provided for this review.

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195 comments

  1. I want to win this because I play roller derby & still haven't seen it! Thanks!

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  4. because i live no where near a movie theater.

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  9. Ellen Page is such an entertaining actress. Looks like a fun movie.

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    When I was younger, about 8, we had an awesome skating rink. We use to have teams and do our own roller derby like games. Well, that was until the worker on the floor would catch us and blow his whistle, which meant we were bench for 10 minutes. LOL

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  63. I wanted to see this in the theater but didn't make it. My husband told me the other day that I probably should've joined roller derby instead of the Junior League... true enough.

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  64. Oh man, where do I start! LOL I've wanted to see this movie ever since it came out, but before I could catch it in theaters, it was taken out >.<

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  75. I saw Drew Barrymore interviewed about this when the film first opened and was disappointed it did so poorly at the box office and came and left so soon. The film looks interesting and I'm sure I'd enjoy it. I'd love to add it to my movie collection.

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  110. I want to win this because we all love the Roller Girls here in MN. It is a good time, and because I love Drew Barrymore!

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  127. As a kid I wanted to skate in a roller derby and still do as an adult but where I live there aren't any open rinks! I love that Drew directed this, I'm a huge fan!

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