Whip It! : Movie Review

Drew Barrymore, making her directorial debut, is blunt on-screen and off- about her inspirations for this tale of an anguished debutante-turned-roller grrrl: Take a little bit of Peter Yates's Breaking Away (a teen townie trying to escape his humdrum existence and dad on a 10-speed), toss in Adrian Lyne's Foxes (bored suburban girls screwing and drinking to Boston and Donna Summer), and add John Hughes's Pretty in Pink (good girl makes bad choice in boy) and a bit of George Roy Hill's Slap Shot (sports violence as metaphor for outsider's struggle).

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Author : Robert Wilonsky