Sure, Bliss Cavendar is almost identical to Juno Mac Guff (and not just because Ellen Page plays them both), it follows a similar 'finding oneself' story arc, there are eccentric yet lovable parents and it prides itself on the unique dialogue flowing throughout; however Whip It has something up its sleeve to give it its own recognisable edge roller-derby.
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a little gem.
It could have been called Juno on Skates, such are the comparisons, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Barrymore understands this and appropriately places the underground sport front and centre.
The editing is occasionally too quick meaning you can't always see what is going on, but you are caught up in the atmosphere so much it doesn't really matter.
Beneath the action is a coming-of-age tale that wears its heart on its sleeve and bears all.