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07.16.09 23 Comments

At long last we have a trailer from Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about a girl (Ellen Page) who doesn’t want to be in beauty pageants so she joins the roller derby.

Bliss (Page) tries out as Babe Ruthless for a team named the Hurl Scouts, where she hopes to skate alongside the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore). The movie also features Marcia Gay Harden as Bliss’ disapproving mother, and Jimmy Fallon as a hungover announcer named Hot Tub Johnny .  [via /Film]

Anyway, you can tell it’s about teenage rebellion because all the girls wear plaid skirts, and plaid skirts = subverting the dominant paradigm.  “Find your tribe,” reads the title card. Because that’s what rebellion is; you find some people you think are cool and then try to dress and act just like them. Like when I used to rub dirt on my face and yell “Look, I’m Mexican!”  Okay, bad example.

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