Barrymore: Whip It not chick flick
Drew Barrymore has denied that her latest film is a "chick flick".
The Charlie's Angels star makes her directorial debut on Whip It, and says that while the movie features themes of relationships, friendships and love, it is not just a film for girls.
"I'm a woman so I'm going to make stories about women because I understand them, but I'm also a boy and I can't stand the term 'chick flick'," Drew said.
"That turns me off. I'm as turned off by that as any guy because I am a 'dude'.
"I have a very male mentality - the comedy in the film is not little girl comedy. It's boy comedy, it's androgynous comedy."
Drew, who plays tough skater Smashley Simpson in the film set against the backdrop of a roller derby, insisted that the studio market the film to male audiences too.
"It was upsetting to have a studio put out, 'It's a roller derby movie'. I kept encouraging them to market to boys and men, because there was a sports element and when I go to roller derby games, there are a lot of males.
"They love the sexiness, the raunchiness and the fun-ness of these girls beating the c**p out of each other," she added.
: Whip It arrives in UK cinemas today (April 7).