I'm an Austinite, so that sort of prejudices me. And I've always dug Drew Barrymoore (well after the Poison Ivy and all that nonsense stage). (Her production offices with Ruthie Sommers in Domino Mag are so awesome - okay enough side notes!)
When I first heard about Whip It, I thought I'd go see it in the theaters for sure but then it got pissy reviews and so I decided to wait. This is one reason I hate critical reviews. They prejudice you. Sometimes they are totally right. But sometimes they are just looking for something to pick at.
For me, I enjoyed this movie. Granted, it's not necessarily fast paced or high on breath-holding plot. But it's in that genre I'm just realizing is a genre, and I'm just realizing I enjoy. It's sort of the self-discovery genre, the growing up genre, the stepping out and being brave genre.
And how often do you get to see a movie that involves roller derby, food fights, beauty pageants and Austin (at the peak of it's legendary weirdness)?
What makes this a movie for a bohemian season:
- Finding something that finally makes your heart sing
- Having the courage to chase it
- Even when you don't know what you're doing
- Along with some outrageous fashion and outrageous people