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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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Amber
Edward Austin Kelly ...
Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch ...
Val
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Barbara Coven ...
Pageant Mother
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Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher ...
Trudy
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Mark Boyd ...
Ronny
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Birdman
Douglas Minckiewicz ...
Colby (as Doug Minckewicz)
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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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2 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Derby Girl  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$13,043,363 (USA) (10 December 2009)
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Trivia

After viewing Whip It (2009), Colombian graphic designer, María Paolo Hernandez founded The Rock and Roller Queens (RRQ) roller derby league in Bogotá, Colombia in December, 2009. In July, 2012 the RRQ was the first South American roller derby league to be accepted to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. See more »

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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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[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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Connections

Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.56 (2009) See more »

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I'm Housin'
Written by Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (as Paresh Smith)
Performed by EPMD
Courtesy of Priority Records
Under license from EMI Film + TV Music
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Whip It? Skip It.
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know why I expected a roller derby movie directed by, of all people, Drew Barrymore, to be any good. Perhaps I thought an IMDb rating meant something. In this case, it didn't.

I suffered through more than one hour of this sloppily directed, poorly written trash before deciding not to waste another 45 or so minutes of my life I would never get back. The only redeeming element of this trash can chick flick was the acting. Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat are both fine actresses, and Marcia Gay Harden was good even in her boring, cliché conservative mother role.

Aside from that, there was nothing. Nothing aside from Drew Barrymore trying her hand at being a good indie director... and failing miserably. For chrissake, there's an underwater kissing scene that lasts about 15 minutes set to pretentious indie pop music.

I thought the move was almost over after 2 hours and saw I had only been watching for 1 hour. That was my cue. I hope this can be yours. Don't waste your time!!!


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