Rollerderby has always been something I'm a little uneasy with. I'm all for female-centric sports, certainly, but the thought of women kicking the crap out of each other while brandishing titillating stage names and ripped fishnets seemed more for the benefit of a drooling male audience than in the name of empowering athleticism.
That said, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut and valentine to the sport has given me reason to reconsider my perspective. Granted, perhaps I was just manipulated by the fact that Whip It! feels like a Lifetime Network tearjerker for Gen X riot grrls, but Barrymore's depiction of plucky Ellen Page persevering in that world was charming as hell, and helped in no small part by the use of the Go Team's "The Power is On" during the film's climatic match (the CD soundtrack lists the song "Doing it Right" as a selection, but "Power" was definitely in there too). Unfortunately, that scene can't be tracked down on YouTube, so I'd just recommending going out and renting it (confidential to Scarecrow Video: I'm bringing it back today, I promise). There's some good behind-the-scene stuff out there, however. Clip after the jump.