Saturday, October 17, 2009
Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) lives in small-town Texas and yearns to break free of her mother's world of beauty pageants and conformity. Bliss sees her chance when she meets the Hurl Scouts, a roller-derby team; she tries out for the team and wins a slot, lying to her parents about her new hobby. Bliss finds friendship and freedom with her teammates, but a conflict between a championship game and a beauty pageant threatens to spill her secret.
My Review: Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has potential but is missing key elements to have people watch attentively. For me, this was nothing more than a chick flick aimed toward all age ranges. As for the writing, it was decent. I miss watching Ellen Page in the "Juno"- like roles where she is all about cynicism and wit. Watching this made her seem more like Jennifer Garner in "Juno", quiet and uncomfortable. Other than that the film was enjoyable and certainly had a plausible lesson. 2 and a half out of 4 stars.