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By Emili Vesilind
"Whip It," the new Drew Barrymore-directed movie about butt-kicking roller-derby girls, is one of the best guilty-pleasure movies I've seen in a while -- despite its formulaic plot line.
And the costumes in the film -- punked-out Girl Scout and Catholic schoolgirl uniforms -- are destined for cult status.
Conceptualized by costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas (who worked with Barrymore on "Grey Gardens"), the cut-and-sew roller-derby outfits jibe perfectly with the personality traits of each character (and each girl-empowered character inhabits a familiar cinematic archetype.)
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Babe Ruthless ( Ellen Page)
Who?: Babe, nee Bliss Cavendar, the small town girl lusting for life and love in the big city, is predictably wide-eyed. But underneath her naivete lies an elbow-checking warrior.
Rink style: As the roller-derby league's newest "jammer" (lingo for the player who passes everyone to score in the rink), it's all about staying low and skating like the wind.
Look: Babe's getup is downright prim compared with the rest of team Hurl Scout: A buttoned-up pleated mini dress with sleeves, in the style of a Girl Scout uniform.