Friday, October 02, 2009

Barrymore's "Whip It" - or "Kansas City Gidget"

Barrymore and Wiig try to keep up with Juno
Drew Barrymore's "Whip It" is the most purely pleasurable movie I've seen in, well, a long, long time. Hands-down. It's "Kansas City Bomber" (Yeah!) crossed with "Gidget" (Ahhh!) and it's ir-re-sistible. Ellen Page sheds her flip, self-satisified "Juno" persona and turns in a performance that's a study in diminutive perfection - sad, funny, smart and fully-felt. Kristin Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Zoe Bell, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Marcia Gay Harden and The Goddess herself, Drew, have her back all the way.

You go girls!

7 comments:

constant gina said...

I went to see it with my son and definitely admit we enjoyed it together..

Tontine said...

Yeah really nice movie i am also making plan to watch it again.

wwolfe said...

This is on my short list of current movies I want to see. This and, um...

Irene Conti said...

I saw this film at a preview last week and didn't want it to end. I can't say that about a lot of films. It is so bubbly and fun - just like Drew and Ellen and, yes, it sort of is like "Gidget" for the new mellenimum. Good analogy!

Moviezzz said...

I loved the film as well.

jbryant said...

Oopsie, Joe -- your favorite fact-checker here to point out that there is no actress named "Rosa Parks" in WHIP IT. Rapper-turned-actress Eve plays the derby-dubbed "Rosa Sparks," a play on the civil rights icon's name.

Really want to see this, but since it's not doing well, I fear it'll be gone before I can squeeze it in.

joe baltake said...

Jay, Jay. What would I do without you? Yes, the name Sparks is definitely a witty play on Parks, but try telling that to my hasty fingers.