Whip It | ★★★★★★★★

Ann and I caught this one on DVD this week. I found it to be a great contemporary coming of age tale complete with fun roller derby action. Here are a few things that I enjoyed about it:
  • The relationships between Bliss, the lead teen played by Ellen Page, and her parents were honest and pretty endearing. I loved how the mom took Bliss' bad news - didn't scream or gloss over.. simply backed off a bit and told Bliss that she had to think about it.
  • Roller Derby rules were incorporated into the dialog in such a way that you could keep up with the action and understand what was going on. Once I understood the sport I enjoyed the action a bit more.
  • I liked the way that the movie showed the realities of being a teen. I feel that the images presented were real but also instructional. Bliss and her best friend suffered the consequences of their bad choices.
Overall I thought that this might be.. if you are feeling a bit brave.. a good flick to see with your teen. Some good discussion opportunities there. It is rated PG13 so you might want to preview before showing it to younger teens and preteens. On a scale of 10 I give this movie ★★★★★★★★

1 comment:

  1. I have an interesting tidbit to add to this. My former massage therapist (she moved, I miss her!) was also a Roller Derby girl and trainer. I wrote about her on my blog once. She appeared as an extra in the film and used to train some of the actresses. I remember her telling me all about the movie premiere and how cool it was to be part of it all.

    BUT...I never saw the film! So thank you for reminding me, I am going to check it out.


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