Unfortunately, I am now two days removed from seeing the movie, so my thoughts are not as fresh and easy to articulate as they would have been had I had time to write this earlier.
The good: Ellen Page is very good in both the roller derby scenes and the scenes with her parents. Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden were perfect as the parents. Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis were excellent as roller derby girls, Wiig as the mother figure to Page and Lewis as the villain. Drew Barrymore was good in a small, comic relief role. The roller derby scenes were well done and made me want to go see actual roller derby live. The story was well written and didn’t have the pat Hollywood ending of everything being perfect at the end.
The bad: The movie dragged in parts, especially in the scenes with Page and Landon Pigg, who played her love interest. I am a fan of Alia Shawkat, but did not like her in the role of the best friend at all.
The verdict: The good far outweighs the bad and this is a must see movie.