A small town teen breaks out of her mundane way of life when she joins a roller derby league.
Directed by – Drew Barrymore
Written by – Shauna Cross
Starring – Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Eulala Scheel, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Kristen Adolfi, Rachel Piplica, Daniel Stern, Sarah Habel, Shannon Eagen, Mary Callaghan Lynch, Nina Kircher, Mark Boyd, Doug Minckiewicz, Michael Petrillo
I’ve had this poor movie sitting around waiting to be watched for so long now. I promised my girlfriend that I wouldn’t watch it without her but we’re always on completely different schedules. Last night a few friends stopped by and happened to bring this with them so it worked out perfectly. I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to check it out because we had a blast watching it. It was a lot more funny than I had expected and even Jimmy Fallon managed to make me laugh despite the fact that I typically find him annoying.
It’s pretty much a typical young teen finds herself kind of deal but the addition of the roller derby makes it unlike anything else I’ve really seen. Sure, Ellen Page as Bliss deals with the average movie problems. Her parents don’t understand her and want her to follow a path she would rather not take. Boyfriend troubles pop up, there are arguements with her best friend and the inevitable confrontation with her parents. Pretty standard stuff that is elevated above the normal by a great cast and the odd inclusion of roller derby. I’m not really against the idea of sexy ladies knocking each other out on roller skates though and those scenes were probably my favorite parts of the film.
Drew Barrymore doesn’t add too much to the cast but does a great job directing and the film has a good flow and balance. Scenes of humour are followed up by more emotional scenes and each one runs just the right amount, never letting you get too involved in any one aspect so the other becomes too jarring. Plus, I wouldn’t want to dwell on those sappy scenes too long. I just wanted to get back into the roller derby action! There’s plenty of action at least and I really enjoyed watching the derby scenes. Most of the humour takes place during these moments and it has that whole underdog makes good feel to it that always reminds me of Rocky for some reason.
I’m sure most people have already seen this one but if you haven’t it’s certainly a good way to spend 2 hours. You’ll laugh, maybe you’ll cry, you’ll cheer, what more could you ask for! I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything that Ellen Page has been in and with the additions of Drew Barrymore and Juliette Lewis I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I’m sure it’ll be a flick that I revisit every so often, just to feel good!
Under the marquee – Will