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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Austin Kelly ...
Barbara Coven ...
Nina Kircher ...
Earl Cavendar
Douglas Minckiewicz ...
Colby (as Doug Minckewicz)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Derby Girl  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,650,812 (USA) (2 October 2009)


$13,034,417 (USA) (4 December 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Bliss is getting ready for her first big match, Maggie Mayhem tells her that you can never have enough Lash Blast. Lash Blast mascara is a Cover Girl product. Drew Barrymore is a Cover Girl spokesperson. See more »


In one of the first locker room scenes, Bliss is still wearing her Barbie skates, but the previous 'musical montage' has already shown her getting new derby skates. See more »


Bliss Cavendar: I'm gonna puke!
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »


Features The Jerk (1979) See more »


Wrap It Up
Written by Scott Fairbrother, Julian Shah-Tayler, and Nathan Wonnacott
Performed by Whitey
Courtesy of Pure Groove Limited
T/A Marquis Cha Cha / Bad Cherry
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User Reviews

Surprisingly Good
2 October 2009 | by (Maryland, United States) – See all my reviews

Enticed by free t-shirts and comfortable seats, two of my friends and I made the journey to Alexandria last Saturday to catch the sneak Preview of Whip It. Upon our arrival, our expectations were not high, as none of us were fans of Drew Barrymore.

Once the movie began, however, our opinions quickly changed. Drew Barrymore may not be the best actor, but she definitely has chops at directing. Whip It is the tale of a girl who hates life in a small town so she decides to rebel by joining a roller derby team with often comedic results. The movie is much better than plot may sound. It has some cliché moments but definitely beats the standard chick flick.

The film had a very unique feel, shifting between humorous and hipster-esquire scenes. This also was probably my biggest problem with the movie. The comedy often reminded me of something out of an Owen Wilson film but then the dramatic scenes reminded me of something more hip than Juno. That being said, the movie was much funnier than the average chick flick.

Ellen Page is superb as usual, taking on a somewhat different role than what I've seen before. It's impossible to compare her to her role in Juno, as in Whip It she plays a much more introverted, but still conflicted girl.

Andrew Wilson was probably the funniest character in the movie. I'm actually wondering where this guy came from. The other two Wilson brothers are huge and this guy just comes out of nowhere. Hopefully we'll see more of him, as he is just as funny as Owen and Luke.

Drew Barrymore had a very small role in the movie. The few scenes she is in are certainly not ruined by her. Landon Pigg should probably stick to music, or maybe even quit that because he sucks at that. He is not an actor, and that was prevalent throughout the movie. Jimmy Fallon provided a solid array of one-liners as the quirky announcer for the games.

The rest of the cast was solid, including Marcia Gay Harden as the strict but loving mother. Juliette Lewis is good as the over-the-top, intense player who takes things way too seriously. Alia Shawkat I couldn't stand but I just can't stand her in general.

This movie definitely goes far beyond what any average chick flick would. In fact it's hard to classify it as such, as I found it good and I'm a dude. All things considered it's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of hip movies or just comedy in general.

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