If movies have a genre for the equivalent of comfort food, Whip It! is some tasty barbeque. A cute little movie about roller derby, Whip It! gets pretty much everything right without trying to be too flashy.
Whip It! follows the exploits of a teenager who is pushed by her mother to be a beauty contestant. The youngster, played by Juno's Ellen Page, discovers roller derby and begins a double-life as a high school senior and rising star. It's a familiar formula, seen recently in Bend It Like Beckham, among others. There are more parallels but Whip It! doesn't really feel derivative.
The presentation of roller derby is pretty novel as well, with explanations of the sport that don't seem like exposition. And the sport itself seems pretty exciting, since the matches are compressed to about 30 seconds. Bend It Like Beckham's futbol matches seemed exciting using the same technique.
If you're looking for a feel-good movie, Whip It! is the one to see.