"Rolling Out on Her Own"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(Pa, Ro, B, C, LLL VV, S, N, A, D, MM) Light mixed pagan worldview with Romantic and moral elements, plus a couple positive references to Christianity and the Bible verse John 3:16; 18 or 19 mostly light obscenities, four GDs and four light profanities such as My God; brief strong roller derby violence with some blood such as a couple bloody noses and female athletes hit steel bar on roller derby rink or are punched or blocked hard, plus a lot of light roller derby violence involving blocking, tripping, light punching, falling, etc.; implied fornication scene between 17-year-old and slightly older boyfriend includes couple taking off shirts and kissing while swimming in pool, plus some other kissing; upper male nudity and 17-year-old character shown in bra; alcohol use and protagonists underage friend is caught drinking, which is rebuked; smoking; and, 17-year-old lies to parents (which is rebuked at one crucial point) and sneaks out of house, 17-year-old talks back to parents and later apologizes, a roller derby team is called the Holy Rollers, and teenage rebellion not entirely rebuked.
WHIP IT is a funny and surprisingly effective directing debut by actress Drew Barrymore. Starring Ellen Page, who played the precocious teen in JUNO, it deals with issues of growing up and teenage rebellion that many parents seem to undergo.
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.
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