Five Things We Like About Whip It!
By Tricia Romano Posted Oct 5th 2009 12:45PM
By now, you've heard all about the Drew Barrymore directorial debut and Ellen Page-starrer, Whip It, and you've probably read our interview with Juliette Lewis, who is making her comeback to the movies in the flick. But still, Popeater would to share five things to cherish about Whip It!
1. Juliette Lewis as Iron Maven. Literally a bitch-on-wheels, Lewis's archenemy character is a scene stealer. She's not in the movie nearly enough and each second she appears, you wish for a little more of the bad girl with a heart of gold. Fortunately, a little Juliette goes a long, long way. More After the Jump >>>
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2. We discovered that Ellen Page is not just Juno. After Juno, we weren't sure if Ellen Page could play anything but a cute, fast-talking teen, with a penchant for puns. Minus a Diablo Cody script (Shauna Cross wrote the flick) Page easily fills the shoes of Bliss Cavendar, transforming from insecure and uncertain to giddy and excitable and heartbroken. She gets to use her big wide eyes instead of her mouth to communicate what she's thinking.
3. Tough chicks with tattoos as heroes. There's a scene in Whip It! when Bliss and her mom are shopping in an Austin thrift store, when some roller derby chicks roll through the shop to drop off some flyers. It's shot in slow motion and it signifies the first time our misfit heroine sees some just like her who can role model her early 20s. It's almost like she falls in love at first sight. We had that same experience, too, sometime during our teenage years. Girls crushes rule.
4. Andrew Wilson as the frustrated coach Razor Stuck with a crew of chicks happy to be hot and sexy and dead-last, the frustrated coach takes the niche underground sport far too seriously, and even has a book of plays that he exhorts his lazy (and sometimes stoned) team to read, because knows that when they do they will see him for the genius that he really is. And what do you know, they do, and he is. That he is a Wilson brother (Owen and Luke) makes perfect sense.
5. Landon Pigg as the boyfriend, Oliver We will not spoil it for you, but the relationship with Landon Pigg and Ellen Page is exactly what happens when you are a teen or early 20-something.The far-away longing, the tenuous early contact, the magical bliss of discovery, and the denouement. It is so, exactly, what happens in real life, and, of course, it makes perfect sense that Oliver is played by the guy who wrote the sucker-punch-in-the-heart song, "Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop," which can currently be heard at the nearest cloying romantic commercial near you.
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