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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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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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She's the hottest thing on eight wheels. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

Quotes

'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket: Hey. Black Widows, my spidey senses are tingling. About to make a sequel in my pants
Eva Destruction: Yeah? Spider-Man 3 1/2?
'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket: Yeah, it is 3 1/2 inches. Wide.
[trombone noises]
'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket: Air trombone, yeah.
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.86 (2010) See more »

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Your Arms Around Me
Written by Jens Lekman
Performed by Jens Lekman
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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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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