Saturday, October 03, 2009

Whip It On

For nine years I've wanted to know, once again, what love is. I wanted Drew Barrymore to show me. She did: this is as delicious as this. The Hurl Scouts even share a color scheme with the Compton Clovers. "Babe Ruthless" she is, but she's also Bliss.

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Blogger Guy said...

I'll assume that the first "this" isn't meant to link to "The Invention of Lying." Unless Drew has been even busier than I thought this year!

Anyway, I love it when good old-fashioned word of mouth amps up the must-see status of a film of which I previously had no expectations whatsoever.

3:04 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger Cal said...

Woah. This film even made you gush like an 80's power ballad. It must be special!

3:07 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Guy: Big, bad Oops, but I'm glad you still followed.

@Cal: Surely you know I wasn't thinking of the Foreigner version.

3:09 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger Cal said...

Surely you know the song has had its day :-P

3:20 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger Bill C said...

Phew! I really dug it, and was starting to feel very alone.

3:53 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Now I really want to see this. I hope MGH has a substantial role.

re your Bring it On review...as a black person I always felt the ending was a cop out.

4:42 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Bill: Glad to hear we're in the same camp.

@AEE: Marcia Gay does great stuff with the role she's got. Admirable peekaboo with the cliché aspects of the role. (As for the ending of Bring It On: what kind of cop-out? You think the championship should have gone the other way? Or you think the eventual entente between the teams never would/should have happened?)

4:57 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

Yay. i'm so glad you loved it. I have to say while i was thinking about it afterwards I knew you would respond to one thing in particular: this film has no easy judgments on its characters. It's totally filled with humanity, Drew doesn't really think of anyone as a caricature even though they're definitely Characters if you know what i mean...

6:11 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@Nathaniel: And when I was thinking about your reaction, I was imagining that you probably loved how hilariously Drew keeps obscuring or downplaying her own appearances, way above and beyond her generosity to showcase the other actors so well. That first line of dialogue she has, when Kristen Wiig is telling Ellen Page that the next tryout is on Tuesday, or whatever, and Drew is hazily mumbling, "It is?" at the edge of the frame, was hilarious... as it was when she rolls in late to the big group huddle, as the camera pans around to the rest of the Hurl Scouts. Hysterically self-effacing, sort of: she certainly gets plenty of slapstick laughs out of seeming to be a backgrounded character.

6:25 PM, October 03, 2009  
Blogger Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

A little bit of both. How satirically awesome would it be if they both lost? Change of perspective it would have. And I always figured it would seem too 'racist' to have the white Toros win. But I'm nitpicking. It's a fun wild romp. Hope Whip It is as good. But MGH. I'm already sold.

9:38 PM, October 04, 2009  
Blogger Dame James said...

I enjoyed Whip It!, but I think comparing it to Bring It On, the greatest sports movie ever, is a bit much. The cast was great and Drew Barrymore is most likely going to be a director to watch in the future, but the script was a complete letdown. The subplot with the (ugly) boyfriend added nothing to the film and the dramatic portion where Ellen Page has to apologize to everyone she's ever made contact with simply went on too long. I would have loved for more interaction between the girls, more time for Ari Graynor (seriously, why bother casting someone that hilarious and not even give her a funny line?) and more Kristen Wiig jokes as deliriously silly as the "crabs" one.

11:39 AM, October 05, 2009  

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