Know what I mean?
"Whip It" is filled with cliches and runs on a few basic formulas, but it's fun and entertaining, which means it's not a dud. There's also some girl power, which is never a bad thing. The roller derby scenes are some of the best, due to the high energy factor and the coming together of the more colorful characters. But like I said, there's a lack of originality when it comes to a good part of the movie.
Juliette Lewis plays a rival skater. I've liked her for the most part in what I've seen her in. She's never been a favorite, but she has presence and attitude when it counts. My mom doesn't like her. She notes that she has a permanant "smarmy" face, and I have to agree with that, even though she doesn't grate on my nerves to any degree. There are certain actors who have a remarkable ability to be unlikable and/or anger-inducing. I feel indifferent about Juliette Lewis most of the time.
Overall: good cast, fun movie, even if it is flawed.
My grade: B