So I know I’m a little late with this one, but last Monday I went to see Drew Barrymore’s first directed film–Whip It. Going into the film I had extremely high hopes as I thoroughly enjoyed Ellen Paige in Juno, and her friend in the film is played by Alia Shawkat who I remember from this old show State of Grace, but most people will recognize her from Arrested Development. The movie also stars Kristen Wig, who I happen to love, from SNL, as well as Jimmy Fallon and Eve (talk about a blast from the past).
Overall, the movie was kind, touching, and obviously funny–it wasn’t hilarious though, which I was kind of expecting. I was very happy that the film stuck to the story without going off on any tangents, because those sometimes get quite distracting and take away from the overall meaning of the film. The acting was great, the story was great and the outfits were even better–I particularly enjoyed the boots Ellen Paige’s character wore throughout the entire film–very Juno of her. There was a love story which is pretty much inevitable these days in films, but the movie didn’t focus on that story line, which was great because like Ne-Yo, “I’m so sick of love songs”–and by songs, I mean movies. There’s just so many out there about the love between two human beings that the movie industry is running out of plots for couples to be in, they’ve even moved onto animals. This movie focused more on the love between a girl and roller derby–the love of a hobby and the happiness she gets when partaking in the sport. t had a lot more depth than just kissing and hugging, and it was ok to show pain in this particular relationship because it didn’t require a phone call to a battered woman’s shelter or the police department.
So, the humor, plot and cast were solid, but how was the film when it was all said and done? Well, I liked it. I’d give it 4 stars out of a possible 5 on the DitkScale. The film was well done, it really was, and Drew did a great job at making sure every angle was taken care of and we weren’t left wondering too much at the end–something I hate, unless there’s obviously going to be a sequel, but that would never work with this movie. I recommend that everyone should see Whip It, it’s a really good story, with an even better moral–“Be your own hero.”