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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
All-Time Top 5 Things We Loved About Whip It
1. KRISTEN WIIG IS SO GOOD
One of my favorite parts of Whip It was forgetting entirely that Kristen Wiig is Target Lady on "SNL." Instead, she played warm-hearted, sexy single mom Maggie Mayhem with the aplomb of a character actress; it was a performance entirely free of any Dorothy Hamill bowl cut expectations. Please please please someone give Kristen her own show and make it good! (Kat)
I don't know what Eve is thinking in regards to Kristen Wiig here. Ten points if you write an imaginary caption in the comments!
2. LANDON PIGG IS SO BAD
I'm kind of super-stoked that the "love story" in Whip It was kind of lame and eye-roll-inducing; in the larger context of "studio movies about teenage girls for teenage girls," its lackadaisical treatment was practically subversive. It's like the film refused to deviate from its grrrl-posi, pro-sporty central mission and was like, "Eh, I guess we HAVE to put this in here." So they got a piece of dude candy and made him run around in cool clothes. Fine with me! (Kat)
3. ANDREW IS SO THE HOTTEST WILSON BROTHER
I've long suspected this (he's Future Man!) but Whip It really drove it home. When we got out of the movie I told my little sister that Coach Razor was my new number-one dream dude and she went "Ewwwwww, what the fresh hell???" and then told me I was gross. But that's OK. She's only 18. Give her 10 years or so and she'll totally get the appeal of a bearded, unwashed, scraggly-haired almost-hesher in stonewashed cutoffs.
P.S. In this sporadically hilar vid about the making of Bottle Rocket, Andrew's bearded, unwashed, and scraggly-haired, which leads me to believe that that's his actual look, which makes me really happy. (Unless it was shot while Whip It was being filmed, but who knows?) Skip to 4:54 for proof that Andrew's about 12 times foxier than Luke, at least.
P.P.S. Juliette Lewis was hot too, and perfect. (Liz)
Dude candy, Liz-stylez.
4. ELLEN PAGE'S COMBAT BOOTS
This is so obvious, but I don't care. It's so awesome to see in celluloid an outfit you probably wore all the time when you were in high school. Self-validation! (Kat)
Ellen's all like, "You know that feeling you get? That vast emptiness within?" And Landon's thinking, "Man, I really want that Stryper t-shirt."
5. THAT MONTAGE SET TO "CAUGHT UP IN YOU" BY .38 SPECIAL
All the rollerderby scenes were mega-goosebump-giving and so geniusly soundtracked, but the "Caught Up In You" montage (in which Bliss gets her skates) squoze* my heart harder than anything else in Whip It. For a couple minutes it's simultaneously 1982 and whatever year it was when you were 17, and now I can't ever stop listening to this song, especially when drinking Diet Coke while walking through some gas station parking lot on a swampy-aired Friday night. Guys, the "little girl" she's "so caught up in" is HERSELF. That's heavy. (Liz)
*"Squoze" is a real word, invented by Steve Martin in L.A. Story.
The arm-wrestling match is probably my favorite part of this video.
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