First off, Ellen Page has sort of been MIA from commercially acceptable films ever since her astounding debut in 2007's Juno. After being nominated for an Oscar, she needed to make sure that when she returned, it was with a character that wasn't a carbon copy of what will forever be an iconic, teen caricature. Bliss Cavendar is no Juno. She's like an insecure baby chick trying to find her way in the world, despite her mother's (Marcia Gay Harden) constant attempts at brainwashing her into being a debutante. She finds her calling when she discovers the unbelievably badass roller derby girls who are comically violent and rebellious. Among them are Kristen Wiig (Adventureland), Ari Graynor (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), rapper Eve (UPN's "Eve" and Barbershop), Juliette Lewis (Catch and Release), and newcomer Zoe Bell. With the criminally overlooked Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development") as her bff, this makes for a stellar female cast. I have high hopes for Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, as well as Shauna Cross's novel becoming a favorite for females everywhere.
I love Barrymore. I love that she got some of the funniest and coolest chicks in the television and film industry to star in this flick. My favorite part of the trailer is when they cheer "We're number two!" and their coach scolds them for "celebrating mediocrity." Hey, isn't that the basis for 99% of all comedies? lol Love it!
P.S. Try to spot Jimmy Fallon.
Release Date: October 9th