This was a fun chick flick.. and it's not your average chick flick mind you. What an adorable cast. Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, and Drew Barrymore whipping it with those derby rollerskates was so much fun to watch. For Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, she wasn't thinking about getting awards, it was all about celebration and fun.
Of course it's fluffy and sugarcoated with cardboard cut out characters and is visually very unimpressive, but it seemed to me to be heartfelt and managed to be engaging....so engaging that when it started to throw the arbitrary emotional punches I embraced them with tears in my eyes.
Enjoyable indie comedy with some great casting choices. The story is an old hat but director Barrymore injects a whole lot of fun into the proceedings which makes this for a fun time waster. And it's always great to see Juliette Lewis on the screen again.
We need more movies like this, starring bad ass teenage girls. Also Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat are my favorites so they add on another star by themselves. I also liked Kristen Wiig, who I don't really care for on a regular basis. This is a great directorial debut for Drew.
a waste of a loveable premise, and a mostly likeable cast. poor ellen page really gives it her all too - she cries real tears, has semi-plausible heart-to-hearts with the also-wasted marcia gay harden, and even appears to be doing her own stunts. there's a great movie yet to be made about women's roller derby leagues for sure. but this one feels like "teen wolf" minus the kitsch.
A very cool movie which doesn't make all the obvious choices but still hews close enough to cliche to stay in or near most people's comfort zones. I'd expect the most common reaction to be "I liked it. It was a little odd." Drew Barrymore is most definitely a skillful director.