‘Whip It’ rolls into theaters as Barrymore’s directorial debut

By Felicia Melvin
October 22, 2009

Lauren Sliva

“Whip It” is a feel- good film. The film stars Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore and Eve. This is the first film that Barrymore has directed.

“I think she’ll do a good job with it. Obviously she knows what she is doing; she’s been in show business all her life,” Melissa Kudzmas, freshman early childhood elementary education major, said.

Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a rebellious, intelligent girl living in Texas trying to escape her mother’s clingy idea of becoming a pageant beauty.

After seeing a flyer for an all girl roller derby team, Bliss becomes extremely intrigued with the sport. She begins to juggle ordinary life and roller derby without her parents knowing.

Bliss also has a typical teenage romance with her rebellious, rocker boyfriend. Although they face some ups and downs, their romance in the film adds twists and turns to the story.

“I would go see it because it looks different than what has been out. I never saw a movie about roller derby,” Lindsey Lehr, freshman graphic design major, said.

“When I first saw the preview I was wondering why these people were rolling around, but after hearing more about it, it definitely makes me want to go see it. I like movies about people developing their own uniqueness,” Chantel Jackson, freshman English major, said.

“I would go see it because I like Ellen Page. She is a good actress in general and anything she’s in would be good,” Chloe Chandler, freshman social work major, said.

Surprisingly, with the fan base of “Juno,” which also stars Page, some students aren’t excited to go see the film.

“‘Juno,’ is one of my favorite films ever, but with ‘Whip It’ you can pretty much tell what’s going to happen without seeing the film,” Mercedezes Williams, sophomore elementary education major, said.

“I’m not a big fan of skating movies. They all suck,” Robert Dunn, freshman communication and business major, said.

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