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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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Earl Cavendar
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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$13,034,417 (USA) (4 December 2009)
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Andrew Wilson's coach character 'Razor' is loosely based on in-line skate trainer, stuntman and 'Rollerjam' skater Brian 'Blade' Gallagher who coached both the TXRD and LA Derby Dolls leagues. Brian Gallagher (VI) can be seen coaching the Texas league in the documentary 'Hell On Wheels.' In the film, Razor wears a small dolphin necklace, sandals and drives a dune buggy: all traits shared with the real-life Gallagher. Although it's never mentioned in the story, if you look closely Razor's play book is labeled with his name across the front cover: Brian. In a deleted scene that plays during the credits, Razor can be heard mumbling disapprovingly of the derby girls' kitschy names and scant clothing, which the real life Gallagher also disliked. See more »

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There is a point in the film where Ellen Page's character opens the refrigerator and grabs the milk to drink. The milk is Meijer brand milk. There are no Meijer stores south of Indiana. See more »

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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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Features The Jerk (1979) See more »

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High Voltage
Written by Jesse Hughes (as Jessie Hughes) and Josh Homme (as Josh Homme)
Performed by Eagles of Death Metal
Courtesy of Downtown Records
By Arrangement with Rekords Rekords
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Fantastic directoral debut
4 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Drew Barrymore is well known for her quirky acting and distinct personality. But now movie goers across the country will begin seeing her in a new light- director.

"Whip It," which stars Ellen Page (Juno), Marcia Harden, and several other notable actors/actresses is a fun filled, action packed, emotional film that forces you to give an old fashioned thumbs up as you leave.

Page is fantastic in her role, perfectly capturing the rebellious, curious character of Bliss Cavendar. Her innocent face leaves you rooting for her while at the same time wondering if her decisions are ultimately right. Harden again plays her role flawlessly, down to her own hidden dreams disguised under her thick shell.

Unlike most "rise to the top" movies, Whip It is believable. It seems real at all times. It feels as though all of us at one point in our lives were like Bliss, longing to live a different life.

If you want a great night at the movies, if you want a solid movie with enjoyable memories, and if you want to answer that question of "I wonder how Drew Barrymore would be as a director," go see Whip It. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


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