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Whip It (2009)

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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£353,041 (UK) (9 April 2010)

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£353,041 (UK) (9 April 2010)
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Despite acting in feature films since the age of 5, this film is Drew Barrymore's feature film directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

At one point in the movie, the opposing team does a roundhouse punch and knocks down all the members of the team. Any type of violence in Roller Derby (punching, kicking, fighting) would get a player expelled from the game, but the opposing team doesn't face any such reprimanding whatsoever. See more »

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Maggie Mayhem: Ma'am, put down the lip gloss and step away from the mirror.
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Featured in Brief Film Reviews: My Top 10 Films of 2009 (2010) See more »

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What's the Attitude
Written by Lucas MacFadden, Terry Robinson and Curtis Knight
Performed by Lucas MacFadden (as Cut Chemist) feat. Hymnal
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrnagement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "Sea Of Time"
Performed by Curtis Knight and the Zodiacs
Courtesy of Alien Records, Inc. / A Stable Sound, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Awesome! Drew banged it out with this one...
28 September 2009 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Caught a preview of this and was really glad I did. The writing and characters were very genuine. There were lots of laughs and emotion and great moments you can't help but root for the girls. Drew, Ellen, Alia, Kristin, Marcia, Juliet, Eve and the rest just tore it up on the screen. It was nice to see some of these girls, like Drew & Kristin, in roles as real people as opposed to just caricature's. I never knew how roller derby was even played but now I'm gonna look for a local league to go watch - those girls rock! I ended the film feeling like I was best buds with all of them. This definitely shows that Drew will have quite a career directing and that Juno wasn't a one-hit-wonder for Ellen, either. You won't want to miss this one.


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