In Whip It, Ellen Page stars as a rebellious teenager that signs up to play roller derby brutal. Along the way, she discovers friendship and freedom... among numerous bruises and falls.
The film marks the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, who told USA Today that she quickly learned how one must call upon a lifetime of experiences when behind the camera.
"Everything I've learned throughout my whole life has been going into this piggy bank, and I just smashed it all over the floor for this one," Barrymore told the newspaper.
The story of a young girl pushed in many different directions, Whip It also stars Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis and Zoe Bell.
Barrymore said the tale partly reflects her own, as she was a famous child star that struggled with the transition to adulthood.
"I felt pressures that everybody feels, whether it's inter-office, in high school or a small town. Everyone relates to expectations others have or what the world thinks. Who am I going to become? What am I going to be in this world?"