By Anthony Breznican
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Put that woman on roller skates, and you've got hell on wheels.
You've also got the new roller-derby comedy Whip It, starring Ellen Page as a rebellious teenager who signs up to play the brutal and sexy female sport against her mother's will, finding friendship and freedom among the bruises and falls.
The movie, which opens Oct. 9, was directed by Drew Barrymore, who has been producing films for years (Donnie Darko, the Charlie's Angels movies) but finally decided to get directly behind the camera.
Working with Steven Spielberg on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and others on her many films as an adult, Barrymore learned that directing calls upon a lifetime of experiences.
"Everything I've learned throughout my whole life has been going into this piggy bank, and I just smashed it all over the floor for this one," she says.
The story of a young girl pushed in many different directions, and pushing back to find herself, is partly her own story as a child star who struggled in the transition to adulthood.
"I felt pressures that everybody feels, whether it's inter-office, in high school or a small town," Barrymore says. "Everyone relates to expectations others have or what the world thinks. Who am I going to become? What am I going to be in this world?"