HOLLYWOOD golden girl Drew Barrymore makes an impressive directorial debut with Whip It!.
It stars Oscar-nominated Canadian actress Ellen Page, of Juno fame, who again revels in the role of a dysfunctional teenager.
Based on the novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film is set in the cut-throat world of women’s roller derby, ensuring an entertaining tale of female empowerment and a traditional coming-of-age story, celebrating the sisterly solidarity within a low-ranked team as its feisty members body-check their way up the league.
Cross lovingly adapts her book for the screen and she retains all of the humour and the pathos, keeping the tone light to hold the interest of teenage audiences.
Hormonally charged teenager Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) lives in sleepy Bodeen, Texas, where she is at the mercy of her beauty pageant-obsessed mom, Brooke (Gay Harden).
Ungainly and unfeminine, Bliss stands little chance of winning the Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, which Brooke is convinced will be her daughter’s ticket to fame and fortune.
While out shopping Bliss sees a flyer for roller derby trials and she secretly attends the try-out in Austin for league underdogs the Hurl Scouts.