Whip It and the Stryper T-shirt, redux.


I never did follow up my earlier post on Whip It and the Stryper T-shirt depicted therein — but since Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut came out on DVD this week, I figure now is as good a time as any to say that I loved the film, I wish it had done better at the box office, and I am intrigued by the fact that the Stryper T-shirt seems to be even more significant in the film than it was in the original book, at least based on the excerpts that I have read.

I can’t say why it is more significant without giving away a spoiler of sorts, but suffice it to say that what the film does with this plot element underscores one of several reasons why I like this film: it does have genuine affection for, and try to “understand”, all of its characters — even the ones who would have been very easy to dismiss in a lesser film with the same basic premise.

Watch: The first five clips from the new Ben-Hur
Watch: Uhura faces off against Krall in two new Star Trek Beyond clips, plus a bunch of new TV spots
Watch: The first trailer for Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge
Last Days in the Desert comes to DVD and iTunes next week
About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00654267145028433577 Persona

    OK, Peter. I just took a break ten minutes in, to check A&F; and a few blogs before I lay down for the evening. You have me quite stoked. :)


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