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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 »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Austin Kelly ...
Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch ...
Barbara Coven ...
Pageant Mother
Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher ...
Mark Boyd ...
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  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,650,812, 4 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,043,363, 10 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,633,035, 10 December 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ellen Page dropped out of Drag Me to Hell (2009) to be in this film. See more »


In the food fight scene, Iron Maven throws a french fry onto Bliss' face. Bliss pulls the fry off leaving a smear of ketchup and then tosses banana cream pie at Iron Maven. When Maven retaliates by dumping a chocolate shake onto Bliss' head, the fry is back on her face. 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 »


Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.137 (2010) See more »


Written by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden
Performed by MGMT
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Whip It....Skip It!
12 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie was not as good as I thought it would be. Ellen Page is sweet and she is obviously very talented. However, she is starting to come off as a whiner to me. She was not quite as sarcastic, and she did not try to be as "cool" as she was in Juno, but she is still a little annoying for some reason. Drew Barrymore's performance was really disappointing to me. I felt she did very little and her role was almost a "cameo". She just pops up from time to time, says very little, and tries to act tough. Also, let me ask you this? Does Ellen Page look 21? No, she looks like she is 14. How in the world are her teammates surprised when they find out she is only 17? Also, being a person who has roller skated for over 30 years, I guess I found it hard to believe that Bliss would be the fastest person out there when they were doing time trials. She looked slow and awkward. They guy that Bliss falls for looks like a loser. My wife was like, "why is she even bothering with that ugly guy?" I didn't get it.

I hate to bash this movie, because I was really looking forward to seeing it. However, I am finding it hard to say something good about it. Juliette Lewis actually gave one of the best performances in the movie. She is one of the few who actually pulled off the "edgy, tough roller-girl" persona. This movie was nothing special, and the box office returns will show it.

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