Taken as a florid celebration of female solidarity, the film is commendable, if hardly radical. But in the final reel, following a sappy my-first-boyfriend subplot and much indie- rock name-dropping, the focus shifts to examine Bliss’s increasingly fractured relationship with her fusty parents and a more discerning and emotionally substantial film emerges. Marcia Gay Harden, as Bliss’s ex-beauty-queen mother, shimmers in the background, desperate for her daughter to realise her potential, but also quietly devastated at the prospect of losing her to the big bad world. It’s a much needed oasis of quiet heartbreak amid the exhilarating cavalcade of sweaty roller girls.
|Release date:||Wednesday April 7 2010|
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I moved by the storyline between Bliss and her mother and don't think the script was cliched at all. Its refreshing to see a film where female characters don't have to be portrayed as size zero, or "put together" or expert asassins to be considered strong acceptable women. Bliss has more kick-ass than a thousand Hit-Girls.
I cannot believe this got four stars. It was quite possibly the worst film I have ever seen. Facile, formulaic movie-making of the very worst kind with nothing to recommend it. I will not go to another drew Barrymore directed film ever. The script could have been written by a 12 year old and was so predictable - with every movie cliche ticked off - you could almost say the lines before the 'actors' did. As for the 'action' scenes - laughably lacking in an kind of authenticity. Your reviewer - David Jenkins - should be relieved of his position. Unbelievable.
Is there a connection between free cinema tickets on Wednesdays (courtesy of Orange) and â€œBâ€� movies released on the same day? Maybe. More telling is the story that Drew Barrymore supposedly got so merry last October that she couldnâ€™t attend a showing of this movie at a film festival in Toronto â€“ the story goes she cried off with the excuse she had a sore throat. All legitimate, Iâ€™m sure, but not a good sign for your directorial debut. The movie storylineâ€™s simple: Young girl wants to break free from slightly control-freak mother and living in a deathly quiet town, so deceives everyone and attends rollerball a few towns away while supposedly doing extra study. Needless to say, sheâ€™s kinda geeky, and picked on. But the film goes on to show her mastering rollerskating and becomes the team mascot cum pin-up girl. This filmâ€™s really girl power on skates. And the storyâ€™s easily told in an hour. That it then stretches on for another hour. Sure, itâ€™ll make you chuckle once or twice. Unfortunately, Drew Barrymore sends up her character with endless pratfalls, which become increasingly over-acted. And the team coach â€“ â€œRazorâ€� is just as over-acted as Barrymore. Elsewhere thereâ€™s some not bad acting, but this film is too long for its own good. Sorry Time Out, I donâ€™t agree â€“ this is not a 4 star movie. 4 star movies (like â€œThe Hurt Lockerâ€�) win 6 Oscars. â€œAvatarâ€� was rated as 2 stars by Time Out, and went on to win 2 Oscars. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for â€œThe Blind Sideâ€� this year â€“ and it was rated a 2 star movie. â€œWhip It!â€� isnâ€™t going to win Oscars. Given it was shown at film festivals last autumn, if it was that good a movie it would have been released in time to get included in the Oscar nominations just gone. This is really a made for TV movie. If I were you, if someone offers you a ticket, do what Drew Barrymore did â€“ say you have a sore throat or, if youâ€™re forced to go, take some Beechams powders to ease the pain of the second hour. Like I say, if 2 star movies win Oscars, then this is a 1 star movie.
I watched this in HKG with my friend and we both laughed so hard. The storyline is simple but the acting was superb! Ellen Page was the main reason I want to watch this but others were all very good!