Whip It (2009) – with Ellen Page, the star of Juno

If you are in the mood for a light and cheerful entertainment, you will enjoy this coming-of-age film about a young girl falling in love with the roller derby. Whip It is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, based on an autobiographical novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross. The main character is Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page, the star of Juno), a seventeen-year-old trying to escape the depressing monotony of her small-town life and just be herself. She goes to school, works as a waitress, and attends beauty pageant competitions at the behest of her mother, a former beauty queen. What she desperately wants however is to get away and live an exciting life of her own...

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The Longest Yard (1974) – Golden Globe The Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Golden Globe winner in the category “The Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy”, this is another cult classic of the sports film genre, one of the biggest hits directed by pugnacious and caustic Robert Aldrich. The plot is characteristic of Hollywood, the center of the story being a prison football match between an underdog team of bandits and criminals against the team of their corrupt guards. Burt Reynolds is Paul Crewe: a former superstar quarterback with a problematic past and a devil-may-care attitude, who winds up in a Florida prison after crashing his girlfriend’s car. Prison warden Hazen (Eddie Albert) is a sadistic puppet master, obsessed with power, and a football fanatic who forces Crew to train other inmates to play against his own team made up of cops...

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