Page stars as an outcast Texan named Bliss Cavender who finds an escape from her small-town malaise by joining a roller-derby league.
We weren’t completely blown away by the trailer when it debuted earlier this month. However, I’m willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt. It features a killer cast, including Zoe Ball, Kristen Wiig and Marcia Gay Harden. It also tackles a fairly unique subject.
It just felt as if the trailer is trying to position this movie as something it’s not – namely, a spiritual sequel to that other Ellen Page flick Juno. After all, that movie was kind of successful.
Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts!
Whip It is based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross. It is the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. It opens in Australia October 8th.
Discuss: Does Whip It seem like refried Juno, or could it connect to young women in as meaningful a way as that Oscar-winning film did back in ’07?