Mr. Peacock saw Whip It last Saturday at a barely half-full showing—everyone was at Zombieland. You already know I like Drew Barrymore, but I wasn't sure how she'd be as a director. I liked Whip It, and wasn't disappointed—go see it and tell me what you think.
The casting is spot on—Juliette Lewis, Jimmie Fallon, Drew Barrymore, Eve, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Marcia Gay Harden (she's always great) and Ellen Page (go Babe Ruthless). I've liked Ellen Page since I saw her in that disturbing film Hard Candy. She's perfect in this teen role, and it's different than her teenage character in Juno.
The movie is sweet, funny and inspiring. The message of the film is "accept and support your kids for who they are." Yes, it's a teenage coming of age film, but the happy ending doesn't mean you come in 1st place—you can come in 2nd place and still be a winner. Thanks Drew Barrymore!