Whip It!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I rented Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It. I was ready for anything, considering that Barrymore tends toward eccentric both in real life and many of the characters she plays. Whip It, however, is a pleasant movie that tells a nice story without trying to be too ‘profound.’  It could, in fact, be considered a common story. It’s about a girl who doesn’t want to do what her parents–particularly her mother–want her to do. She ends up lying to them and joining a roller-derby team.
Whip It is not a movie that tries to spring surprises on the audience. Instead, Barrymore seems to have focused on making a strange group of people believable and likable.

The acting is good, the casting is good, and the story is good. I would recommend this movie.