Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis
Genre: Comedy with a dash of drama and sports
I went to see this over the weekend with my mom, aunt and cousin. Ages 14 to 44. We all walked out of the theater with a smile on our face and mentioning our favorite scenes.
Bliss (Ellen Page) is one of those awkward girls who doesn't want to be part of the in crowd but wants to belong somewhere. She's definitely not a pageant girl and she wants something more than what she currently has. Teen angst at its finest.
One day while shopping for new boots, Bliss sees a poster for the local roller derby and she is intrigued. She drags her best friend Pash (awesome actress Alia Shawkat) to this derby and is invited to try out. Well Bliss gets on the team and suddenly she has a place where she belongs. She's good and all of a sudden this boy likes her and OMG the derby championships are on the same day as a beauty pageant her mom has put her in. ACK!
Ok, I'm being really glib about the pageant thing but there's real drama between mother and daughter (mom wants daughter to have more than she did blah blah blah) and there's tension between Bliss and Pash because of her new crowd and it's all a hot mess with lots of laughs and good times and I'm giving it a B+. It was cute, Ellen Page is freaking cute and Drew Barrymore was funny. This is teen comedy done right.