I saw Whip It! last night. I loved it so hard. Let me count the ways.
1. The Teen Angst.
Yes, the trailer seemed awfully familiar, but there's a reason coming-of-age stories work: The adventure of self-discovery is a powerful one. From Hamlet to Heathers, the young adult years are transformative. Bliss (played by Ellen Page) is a completely different person in the beginning of the film than she is in the end, and that kind of intense character arc is deliciously watchable. The journey is the destination, as they say.