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.

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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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