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Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 2 October 2009 (USA)
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In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director:

Drew Barrymore

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Shauna Cross (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Habel ... Corbi
Shannon Eagen ... Amber
Edward Austin Kelly Edward Austin Kelly ... Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Val
Ellen Page ... Bliss Cavendar
Jimmy Fallon ... 'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket
Alia Shawkat ... Pash
Marcia Gay Harden ... Brooke Cavendar
Barbara Coven Barbara Coven ... Pageant Mother
Eulala Scheel ... Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher Nina Kircher ... Trudy
Daniel Stern ... Earl Cavendar
Mark Boyd ... Ronny
Carlo Alban ... Birdman
Douglas Minckiewicz Douglas Minckiewicz ... Colby (as Doug Minckewicz)
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Storyline

In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type: she's shy, quiet, and has just one friend, Pash, her fellow waitress at a diner. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast, and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about a first crush, on a musician she meets at the derby. Meanwhile, mom still sees Bliss as Miss Bluebonnet. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Be Your Own Hero See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derby Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,650,812, 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$13,043,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,633,035
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bliss lies that she's 22 in this movie but Ellen was actually 22 years old when this movie was released. See more »

Goofs

During the try-out, Razor is timing the girls' speed around the track with a stopwatch. However, he announces their times as getting faster, not slower, the later a girl crosses the line. See more »

Quotes

[Bliss finds Iron Maven waiting for her at the Warehouse]
Iron Maven: Ruthless, Ruthless, Ruthless.
Bliss Cavendar: [hesitatingly] Maven, Maven, Maven?
Iron Maven: Hey, guess how old I am.
Bliss Cavendar: [guessing] 27?
Iron Maven: [not at all touched] Oh, that's sweet. I'm 36. Guess when I started skating. I was 31. 'Cause it took me that long to find one thing that I was really good at.
[Iron Maven stands, staring intently at Bliss]
Iron Maven: And you know what? I worked my ass off to get it.
Bliss Cavendar: [nervously] Yeah, me too.
Iron Maven: [smirks briefly] It's too bad you're only 17.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Finals: Game 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Bang On
Written by Kim Deal
Performed by The Breeders
Courtesy of 4AD Ltd.
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User Reviews

 
Congratulations Drew, you've done yourself proud!
13 September 2009 | by tomthumb1See all my reviews

If you like to be entertained and you enjoy seeing some of the best actresses working today, you should see this film. Ellen Page is a delight. I thought she did more with this role than she did with Juno. Kristen Wiig was her usual funny self, The rest of the cast, including Zoe Bell (excellent in Tarantino's Deathproof), Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harding, Daniel Stern, Drew, Jimmy Fallon, all performed well. That says something about Drew's directing. She elicited excellent performances out of her cast, the film was well shot, the sound and editing were nicely done and I look forward to seeing what Drew can do on her next effort.

The premiere of Whip It, which took place on September 13th, 2009 at TIFF was enthusiastically well received by the audience.

And by the way Drew, you looked smashing at the premiere! Congratulations!


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