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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.



(screenplay), (novel)
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8 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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)


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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Johnny is announcing the Hurl Scouts during Bliss' first match, he mentions the team's real names. Maggie Mayhem is Peggy, Smashley Simpson is Francine, Rosa Sparks is Tammy and Bloody Holly is Rachel. 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 »


Brooke Cavendar: I'm supposed to buy you shoes from a... a head shop? Does that really strike you as responsible parenting?
Bliss Cavendar: Fine, the shoes are a gateway drug.
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Never My Love
Written by Donald J. Addrisi and Richard P. Addrisi
Performed by Har Mar Superstar (feat. Adam Green)
Adam Green appears courtesy of Rough Trade Records, Ltd.
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User Reviews

Drew Barrymore did this one very well...
11 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended a screening of this on Wednesday night (the 9th) with a Q&A with Drew after the movie. This movie was superb. It was done very well. I really liked the score and the music selection (from Peaches to MGMT) was amazing. The story is really good and so realistic...it wasn't cheap. Drew said she wanted to direct this movie because it was close to her heart, and you can tell it is because of the final product. You can tell she put a lot of effort into this one. Ellen Page and Marcia Gay Harden were GREAT in this! I loved every scene they were in together...(btw, Drew was REALLY nice and answered my question). Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Drew, Landon Pigg, and the young lady who plays Bliss's best friend Pash (I forget this actress's name) were wonderful. There is everything in this movie...romance, drama, mild humorous violence, and comedy. The film also explained the sport of roller derbying very well. Good research Drew! My final rating: 9.5/10 GO SEE IT!

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