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MOVIE REVIEW: Whip It! – Fun Film Refreshes Cliches!

Drew Barrymore and Juno. That may be the first thought of a lot of people when they first think about Barrymore’s debut as a feature director, Whip It. Fortunately, Whip It is not Juno on roller skates [four-wheelers – remember them?]. The only connection between the two films is that Ellen Page gives dazzling performances in them.

Whip It poster

Whip It is about a lot of things: families [natural and surrogate]; the exuberance of sports – and its importance, or lack of same, in our lives; independence from, but not losing the respect of one’s parents; feminism as an empowering of the individual rather than the emasculating of the other, and so on…

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