Rolling Out on Her Own
Release Date: October 02, 2009
Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, Juliette Lewis, Landon Pigg, Kristen Wiig, Eve, Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Zoë Bell, Ari Graynor, and Eulala Scheel
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Drew Barrymore
Producer: Drew Barrymore and Barry Mendel
Writer: Shauna Cross
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Ellen Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a teenager who longs to escape her small town of Bodeen, Texas. Her mother is convinced that Bliss can best achieve her dreams by competing in the local Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, but Bliss is convinced something better awaits her. She just doesn’t know what.
One night, after seeing a flyer for the women’s roller derby team in Austin, Texas, Bliss and her best friend, Pash, sneak out to see the roller derby. Inspired by female athletes with names like Maggie Mayhem and Bloody Holly, Bliss lies about her age and tries out for the Hurl Scouts in Austin. Given the name Babe Ruthless, Bliss inspires the team to start following the imaginative plays invented by their young coach.
Eventually, of course, her parents find out about their daughter’s secret life. Suddenly, Bliss and her angry parents have some important decisions to face.
The content in WHIP IT is mixed. The teenage protagonist rebels against her mother and has an implied liaison with her new boyfriend, but she is rebuked for lying to her parents. This results in some touching scenes of reconciliation between her and her parents. Also, while the movie contains some foul language and alcohol use, there are also a couple positive references to Christianity and the evangelistic verse John 3:16 in the Bible. This funny, entertaining movie would have been more inspiring, however, if these Christian, biblical references had more weight to them. As it is, WHIP IT is a fairly appealing, but not totally successful, piece of entertainment about the pitfalls and joys of growing up and parenting.
The content in WHIP IT is mixed. The teenage protagonist rebels against her mother, but she is rebuked for lying to her parents. This results in some touching scenes of reconciliation. Also, while the movie contains some foul language, an implied sex scene and alcohol use, there are also a couple positive references to Christianity and the Bible. This funny, entertaining movie would have been more inspiring, however, if these Christian, biblical references had more weight. As it is, WHIP IT is fairly appealing, but not totally successful.