A movie recommendation.

You should know that I am a sucker for a good movie about a teenage girl finding herself. Especially if that girl is a little bit different and wants a little bit more out of her life than the small town she’s living in. Especially if that movie is based on a young adult novel. I love a good young adult novel about a teenage girl asking big questions. (I haven’t read Derby Girl, but I have heard that it’s pretty good.)

So I was a little bit biased in favor of Whip It. I am also in favor of things like movies about girls that are about more than finding a boy and movies made by women that feature lots of women. I freaked out in the middle of the theater before Julie & Julia, because I was like, “Look at all these women! At 2:00 in the afternoon! Supporting a movie made by women! About women!” And then I almost cried. At Whip It, though, there were only about four other people. Which is kind of a shame, because it was awesome.

This article by Linda Holmes pretty much sums up my feelings about Whip It. I wish I had a daughter so we could watch it together. And talk about friendship and being tough and finding the things that make you feel alive. If I had been a teenager when this movie came out, it would have been pretty much my favorite thing ever. Instead, I took myself as a special treat after work to make up for having to miss out on the rest of my girls’ weekend away. Plus, I finished a paper, so I felt like I deserved it.

So far, what with being sick and all the classes and things, fall is kind of kicking my butt. In different ways than I expected – the things I have been able to plan for and control are in good shape overall. But those variables, those things like getting sick and then Mike getting sick, those things are wearing me out. My reading diet this fall has consisted of all my favorite Madeleine L’Engle books, and I have a few more of her books on deck. They are also about teenagers asking big questions. Books like that and movies like this make me feel alive. The answers in our lives aren’t easy solved in 2 hours or 200 pages, but just knowing that other people ask the questions, too, makes me feel hopeful about the world. We can ask these questions and we can work towards answers. One of the greatest things about life is that the answers we get can be as varied as discussions by a fire under the stars, a comforting book, a meaningful interaction with a teenager, or, yes, roller derby. (I doubt roller derby would be MY answer, but I am glad that it’s someone’s.)

Whip It made me laugh as I cheered for the characters, which was exactly what I needed as a post-work Monday treat. It is, undoubtedly, the kind of movie I would love to curl up with on a rainy Saturday afternoon. And you should go see it.

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