Whip It - Film Review

Hello I'm Clo!



Today I'm going to be doing a film review of something that was just brilliant.  A great girly go-get em film for a Saturday night in, with pizza and some chips (Or if you're like me, Grapes)!

I'm not into being a party pooper, so i won't spoil the story/ plot for you! No spoiler alert necessary.
So here is the trailer...



Whilst shopping in HMV Worcester, Late last year (2012). My friend Lizzie made a B line to me from the other side of the store with this film in her arms. 

"You MUST see this." She said. "It's just brill."
So at a reduced price of £3 (Bargain!) down from £12, I popped it in my already ever filling basket full of reduced films and series that I'd watch at some point over the coming months.

When home, I popped it in the DVD box and thought nothing more about it... Until last weekend, still in its packaging and screaming;

"Watch Me!"

I did. Unwrapped, and watched on a hot Summers day with some juice, ice and the healthy alternative to popcorn; grapes.


The story is different from girl meets boy/ girl falls hopelessly in love with boy - the typical stuff.

This film has feminine strength both emotionally and physically (You'll soon see.) It brings all different types of people with different backgrounds together, the actual storyline will not be self relatable for many, but the subconscious messages of life trials and tribulations are.

'Whip It' is the adaptation of Shana Cross' 'Derby Girl' book.

Directed by Drew Barrymore, who with this film makes her directorial debut. Staring Ellen Page (JUNO) and based in the USA.

Set in the 80's. Music, dancing and being young and rebellious feature heavily throughout all characters within the film with a bit of Rock 'n' Roll thrown in for good measure, the cast is dominated by female characters, a smart choice of male casting makes the story even more enjoyable, the token and main male parts contrast and enhance the female leads and make great comedic value and break up the stereo type of 'Girls being bitchy' nicely.
                                                                                                                
Quick Plot Summary without spoilers!
Bliss is being pushed by her mother to compete in beauty pageants, she rebels and does not wish to take part.
Bliss is trying to discover who she is and what she wants to do in stead of being told what to by others. Her best friend Pash helps her on the road to discovery.

On the off chance Bliss hears about the Roller Derby in a neighboring town, which with some convincing and some lying she gets to go to.

Bliss shows interest into the roller derby and is invited to trials. And that is all I'm saying about that. (Don't want to give the game away.)

Bliss starts to discover who she is and along the way meets a rather good looking bloke- But will he be what she wants him to be?

With a new set of friends, and the start of what appears to be a new life. The old times start to crumble and the walls come tumbling down.

But like any good film there is light at the end of the tunnel and all unwinds and sorts itself out, yet is open ending and open to interpretation, as with life it's not over until it's over.





Overall I'd give 'Whip It' staring Ellen Page a 4/5 rating, it was really good, yet lacked the constant gripping story line and motivation momentum of say; The Hangover or the Social Network.
This could have been avoided by making the film just slightly shorter cutting out the slow, leading in story/plot bits.

"Excellent Emo chick coming of age drama." - Empire.
"Bags of Attitude and terrific performances It's official now..." Drew Barrymore Rocks. - Ok

Age Restriction: 12. Contains moderate language, drug and sexual references. 

Ways to get your hands on all the great films out there without breaking the bank.

  • An online subscription package such as Netflix, Love Film or Wuakti.
  • 2 for 1 with Orange (Now EE network) on a Wednesday. If you're not on the EE Network, chances are you have a friend who is, pair up and head for the popcorn stand!
  • Rent. Although DVD rent shops on the high street are dying there are still many DVD and games shops out there with many bargains to be had. 
  • Borrow or trade off friends, you'd be surprised how much stuff they have that you'd like to watch, after all you're friends so you share many things in common. 
  • Sales, check out the online sales and sales in store, there are many pounds you can save doing some comparing before you buy.
  • Trade in old ones for new ones in exchange tech shops.
  • Charity Shops, you'd be surprised what you can pick up, because of charity shops i have two copies of both Bridget Jones' for a fraction of the price I'd pay for just one. Nuff said.

 I hope you found this helpful!

Are there any films you would recommend? If so let me know in the comments below!
If you've seen 'Whip It' let me know what you thought!

Toodle Pip!
Till next time,


Clo :-)



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