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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)
4,395 ( 117)
8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Austin Kelly ...
Barbara Coven ...
Nina Kircher ...
Earl Cavendar
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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She's the hottest thing on eight wheels. See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actress and singer, Eve, who plays the character Rosa Sparks on the 'Hurl Scouts' used the name 'Eve of Destruction' as her stage name when she began her solo rapping career. In the movie, one of the other players on the team the 'Black Widows', played by Ari Graynor uses the name 'Eva Destruction'. See more »


When Bliss finishes her last round in the first game she plays, she wears the star sash for being a jammer, then the game stops and she is shortly shown having an "honor round" without the sash, then has the sash again for the team reunion. See more »


Oliver: Wow, from here it kinda looks like you're wearing a stryper t-shirt.
Bliss Cavendar: stryper? Yeah, 80's christian heavy metal. I mean in the name of jesus we rock.
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »


Blue Turning Grey
Written by Tyler Sargent
Performed by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Courtesy of 7-10 Music
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User Reviews

Touching, thrilling & delighting!
19 April 2016 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I got curious about this movie because I've been interested in roller derby (while the last time I roller skated was around time when I was 7-10, oops), because the movie has so many women on it, and lastly because Zoë Bell is in the film. It's always a pleasure to see her work on screen, whether it's acting or stunts.

While I've never been into sports, or sport films, I loved Whip It! The matches between the leagues were so intense and thrilling!

I'm so delighted because of how many women were in this film, not just the characters but the director and writer as well. And there are so many different kind of female characters in the story, all having their own ideologies, all having different personalities. There are characters who are so typical good characters, but they are still interesting. There are assertive women, violent women, competitive women, mean women, nice women, mothers, daughters... So many different kind of characters. It's almost rare, because so many films have around 80 % male characters.

The structure of this film may be quite predictable, but the other qualities of Whip It make up for that - the story is emotional in many different ways, and it's just fun to watch. And after all, isn't most of Hollywood pretty predictable these days? And the story has many different levels, it's not just about the sport. It's about the main character Bliss growing up, it's about her relationships with her parents, her friends, the friends and rivals she makes while playing roller derby. And while the main point of the film is Bliss finding her passion and what makes her happy, the story doesn't forget all the other details that push her forward or pull her back.

The music was well chosen. It keeps the viewer psyched, and the songs work when you're listening to them outside of the movie. I have several of them on my playlists.

Simply put, Whip It is an amazing movie. It touches, thrills and delights. There's only one thing I'd change, and it would be deleting most of the useless heterosexual romances and add some women loving women there. It would suit the film and make it so much more better, but I'm happy with what I got.

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