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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's the hottest thing on eight wheels. See more »


Drama | Sport

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£353,041 (UK) (9 April 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

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 the final bout scenes, a row of "dummies" watch the bout instead of actual people. The "dummies" are mixed in with the actual crowd but due to editing the row of "dummies" was not edited out. See more »


Bliss Cavendar: Is this what you do with all the girls? Take them here to show off your skills?
Oliver: Yeah, and it usually works too.
Bliss Cavendar: Oh yeah? Maybe we should do something different.
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »


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Written by Ninja (as Nkechi Egenamba), Guy Hemric, Weldon McDougal, Ian Parton and Jerry Styner
Performed by The Go! Team
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
Contains a sample of "I'll Always Love You"
Performed by Cindy Gibson
Contains a sample of "International Girl"
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Congratulations Drew, you've done yourself proud!
13 September 2009 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See 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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