For her first directorial effort, actress Drew Barrymore picked a good project. Whip It
is a ton of fun -- a sweet coming-of-age film with lots of heart, and a benign girl-power vibe that never takes itself too seriously. You can tell that this is probably the kind of movie Barrymore herself would have liked to see when she was 17 -- and probably for a lot of us, our inner 17-year-olds will be just as happy.
The story focuses on the teenage Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), an odd girl out in the pageant scene of her one-stoplight town of Bodine, TX. A pensive girl with a penchant for semi-ironic vintage T-shirts, Bliss is just approaching the age where i...