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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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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 »

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Drama | Sport

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

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Despite acting in feature films since the age of 5, this film is Drew Barrymore's feature film directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

During the championship game, Drew's character is the jammer (has the star sash on her helmet.) After scoring points, the team regroups and a different character is seen removing the sash and giving it to Ellen's character. See more »

Quotes

[Bliss has knocked Corbi off a stair banister at school]
Colby: You can't do that!
Pash: She just di-iid!
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Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »

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Black Gloves
Written by Bert Stefaan Libeert, David Martijn, Mickael Karkousse and Tom Coghe
Performed by Goose
Courtesy of Skint Records Limited
Under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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My 299th Review: Redefines The Term Chick Flick - And I Mean That.
4 January 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

In a sense this is a 6 or 7: a kind of kookie inspirational sports movie - fun, energetic, easy to watch and easy to like.

However it gets a 9 because I cannot recall any film that truly takes the conventions that male cinema does so well and wholesale translate them to something that girls will love.

This film isn't sappy but it isn't about masculine heroism - it is about women having a great time being truly what they are - not 1950 prissies, but punky, spikey, ironic, sexy and just plain fun.

Whip It has great roller derby sequences but more than that and more than most male sports movies we get to see the personalities of those involved and they shine.

Drew Barrymore knows films - she's being doing it all her life - and this may look lightweight and simple, but the way the camera tells the story is excellent - it is all well-composed and supported by a tip-top script and a great cast. The romantic interest is too good-looking (of course) and above all this is a film that will hit the target with girls and women - but I promise you guys will really like it too.

Almost impossible not to enjoy we loved its free spirit and would recommend it heartily to teenage girls as a film about doing your thing and being strong.


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