A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
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
Andrew Wilson's coach character 'Razor' is loosely based on in-line skate trainer, stuntman and 'Rollerjam' skater Brian 'Blade' Gallagher who coached both the TXRD and LA Derby Dolls leagues. Brian Gallagher (VI) can be seen coaching the Texas league in the documentary 'Hell On Wheels.' In the film, Razor wears a small dolphin necklace, sandals and drives a dune buggy: all traits shared with the real-life Gallagher. Although it's never mentioned in the story, if you look closely Razor's play book is labeled with his name across the front cover: Brian. In a deleted scene that plays during the credits, Razor can be heard mumbling disapprovingly of the derby girls' kitschy names and scant clothing, which the real life Gallagher also disliked. See more »
In several parking lots, multiple parked cars do not have front license plates. Texas requires cars to have front car license plates. But Michigan, where the film was shot, does not have front car license plates. See more »
[Bliss is waiting on a table occupied by Corbi, Colby and their friends]
What's the name of that thing that if I eat it real fast, it's free?
That's the Squealer. You have to eat it in three minutes or less.
Yeah. You bring me a Squealer. And I don't mean Corbi.
[Colby laughs and grabs Corbi in a groping hug, and Corbi mock-squeals loudly]
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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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