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Whip It -- After years of indulging the ambitious dreams of her Texas mom by competing in beauty pageants, a sixteen year old misfit secretly joins the roller derby and discovers self-confidence, romance, and a new identity as a phenomenal league star.
Whip It -- 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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Whip It -- Drew Barrymore talks about the themes and characterizations of the movie Whip It.
Whip It -- Interview: Marcia Gay Harden "On why audiences will love the film"

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Shauna Cross (screenplay)
Shauna Cross (novel)
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Release Date:
2 October 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Be Your Own Hero See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Drew Barrymore + Ellen Page = a winning team See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Habel ... Corbi

Shannon Eagen ... Amber
Edward Austin Kelly ... Pageant Coordinator

Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Val

Ellen Page ... Bliss Cavendar

Jimmy Fallon ... 'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket

Alia Shawkat ... Pash

Marcia Gay Harden ... Brooke Cavendar
Barbara Coven ... Pageant Mother

Eulala Scheel ... Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher ... Trudy

Daniel Stern ... Earl Cavendar

Mark Boyd ... Ronny

Carlo Alban ... Birdman
Douglas Minckiewicz ... Colby (as Doug Minckewicz)
Michael Petrillo ... Poindexter
Sean O'Reilly ... Colby's Friend #2
Sam Zikakis ... Colby's Friend #3
Kent Cummins ... Atomic City Clerk #1
Sarah Yaeger ... Atomic City Clerk #2
Chloe Trueheart ... Atomic City Girl #1
Kyle Kentala ... Atomic City Girl #2 (as Kyle 'Black Eyed Skeez' Kentala)
Genevieve Harrison ... Atomic City Girl #3

Landon Pigg ... Oliver
John Eatherly ... Oliver's Bandmate - 'Turbo Fruits'
Jonas Stein ... Oliver's Bandmate - 'Turbo Fruits'
Max Van Peebles ... Oliver's Bandmate - 'Turbo Fruits'

Kristen Wiig ... Maggie Mayhem

Zoë Bell ... Bloody Holly

Eve ... Rosa Sparks

Drew Barrymore ... Smashley Simpson

Andrew Wilson ... Razor

Juliette Lewis ... Iron Maven
Rusty Mewha ... Holy Rollers Coach
Will Brick ... Referee
Madge Levinson ... Helen
Alexis O'Neill ... Pocket Rocket
Eli Bleiler ... Jaba the Slut
Kristen Adolfi ... Manson Sister #1 (as Kristen 'Krissy Krash' Adolfi)
Rachel Piplica ... Manson Sister #2 (as Rachel 'Iron Maiven' Piplica)

Ari Graynor ... Eva Destruction
LaTasha Pippen ... Juana Beat'n (as Latasha Pippen)
Sydney Bennett ... Kami Kaze

Danny Mooney ... Smashley's Fiancé
Brent Kyle ... Savage
Har Mar Superstar ... Fight Attendants Coach
Claudia Rodgers ... Mrs. Weaver
Wallace Bridges ... Cop #1

Patrick Moug ... Terrifying Cop

John Lepard ... Cop #2

Austin Bickel ... Riley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Ancrile ... Rockabilly Roller Derby Fan (uncredited)
Max Bassett ... Texas Bar Cowboy (uncredited)
Jeff Butcher ... Bingo Bus Driver (uncredited)

Cindy Chu ... Derby Hopeful / Hot Tamale (uncredited)

Molly Cunningham ... Derby Attendee (uncredited)

Shawntay Dalon ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Gracie Denton ... Extra (uncredited)
Julie DiJohn ... Derby Fan (uncredited)

William C. Fox ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Erin Renee Frankfort ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Julia Garlotte ... Pageant Girl (uncredited)
Nesti Gee ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Johnny Gel ... Roller Derby Attendee (uncredited)
Penny Gibbs ... Roller Derby Attendee (uncredited)
David Gibson ... Cheering Fan (uncredited)
Kimberly Harsch ... Derby Fan (uncredited)

Ed Kelly ... Pageant Director (uncredited)
Doug Kolbicz ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Fox Langenkamp ... Adam (uncredited)
Diane M. Leach ... Cowgirl Derby Fan (uncredited)
Lawrence W. Leach ... Cowboy Derby Fan (uncredited)

Amanda Lewan ... Derby Attendee (uncredited)
Brent Mata ... Guy Giving Keg Stands (uncredited)

Curtis Matzke ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Adam McNinch ... Roller Derby Fan (uncredited)
Sarah O'Dea ... Derby Fangirl (uncredited)
Kyle Rich ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Dwayne Roszkowski ... Derby Fan (uncredited)

Jeffrey Scott Basham ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Jeff Solano ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Noah Stahl ... Stunned Partygoer (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Vincent Tran ... Fanboy (uncredited)
Eric Tuchelske ... Derby Fan (uncredited)
Joseph Victor ... Roller Derby Fan (uncredited)

Erik A. Williams ... Hurl Scouts Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Drew Barrymore 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Shauna Cross (screenplay)

Shauna Cross (novel "Derby Girl")

Produced by
Drew Barrymore .... producer
Nicole Brown .... co-producer
Peter Douglas .... executive producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer (as Joe Drake)
Nancy Juvonen .... executive producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Jason Lust .... co-producer
Karyn McCarthy .... co-producer
Barry Mendel .... producer
Chris Miller .... executive producer
Kirsten Smith .... executive producer (as Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith)
 
Original Music by
The Section Quartet 
 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography) (as Robert Yeoman)
 
Film Editing by
Dylan Tichenor 
 
Casting by
Justine Arteta  (as Justine Baddeley)
Kim Davis-Wagner  (as Kim Davis)
 
Production Design by
Kevin Kavanaugh 
 
Set Decoration by
Meg Everist 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Merribelle Anderson .... key hair stylist
Lauri Cuppetilli .... assistant makeup artist
Stephanie A. Fowler .... key makeup artist (as Stephanie Fowler)
Kimberly Jones .... makeup artist
Kimberley Kirkpatrick .... makeup artist
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
Crystal Lambert .... hair stylist
Mike Mekash .... key makeup artist
Jeannette Moriarty .... hair stylist
Darylin Nagy .... makeup artist: Austin
Barbara Olvera .... hair department head
John Tarro .... hair stylist
Vicki Vacca .... makeup artist
Carolyn Tolley .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kate Amer .... production supervisor
Kevin Flatow .... assistant production manager
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director: second unit
Ryan Craig .... second assistant director
Valerie Johnson .... second second assistant director
Mike Livanos .... second assistant director: second unit
Jack Steinberg .... first assistant director: second unit
Dylan Tichenor .... second unit director
Jonathan Watson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Jason Bartolone .... general foreman
Troy Borisy .... leadman
David Brayman .... props
Jim Buford .... set dresser
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Amy Graham .... assistant property master
James Jones .... track designer
Brent Kyle .... graphic designer
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer: props
Keith Allan Miller .... set dresser
Matthew J. Norskog .... on-set dresser
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... picture car coordinator
Gordon Lorne Peck Jr. .... standby painter (as Gordon Peck Jr.)
Brittin Richter .... props
Sharon Roggio .... art department coordinator
Jacquelyn Ryan .... art department production assistant
Mark Sanger .... set dresser
Kim Thrasher .... property master: second unit
 
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital transfer
Matt Andrews .... play back operator
James Austin .... engineering services
Christopher Barnett .... additional re-recording mixer
Jeremy Bowker .... foley recordist
Tim Burby .... digital editorial services
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Frank Clary .... assistant supervising sound editor
Frank Clary .... foley mixer
Graham Colwell .... additional adr recordist
John Countryman .... digital transfer
David O. Daniel .... sound mixer: Texas unit
Jamison Empey .... post production sound accountant
Sean England .... foley artist
Pascal Garneau .... foley editor
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor (as David Hughes)
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Jared Marshack .... sound mixing recordist
Zach Martin .... recordist
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Gordon Ng .... client services
Tim Nielsen .... sound effects editor
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
Eva Porter .... client services
Brian Power .... additional adr recordist
Christopher Scarabosio .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Scarabosio .... supervising sound editor
Jurgen Scharpf .... mix technician
George E. Simpson Jr. .... boom operator
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Kevin J. Summers .... sound utility
Bartek Swiatek .... additional sound utility
John Torrijos .... video services
Marshall Winn .... dialogue editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Scott R. Lewis .... mix technician (uncredited)
Clint Smith .... recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ken Gorrell .... special effects coordinator
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Dick Edwards .... visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
 
Stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator
Dan Flannigan .... stunts
Kristen Garcia .... utility stunts (as Krissy Kat)
Nikki Hester .... stunt double: Drew Barrymore
Damita Jane Howard .... stunt double (as Damita Howard)
Dana Reed .... lead stunt double
James Ryan .... stunt player
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Barth .... key video assist
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Will Brick .... loader: 2nd Unit
Chul Hee Cho .... grip
Wallace Michael Chrouch .... PR photography
Scott Conn .... electrician
Chris Dame .... technocrane operator
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane operator
Shannon DeWolfe .... loader
Stephen Drinon .... a camera: dolly grip
John Eschberger .... electrician
Eli Everhard .... lighting technician
Neil Fraser .... key grip: Austin
Joseph Guerino .... rigging gaffer
Bill Hong .... camera car operator
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator
Brad Irvin .... best boy grip: second unit
Robert Janecka .... electrician
Janet Jensen .... electrician
John C. Johnson .... rigging grip
Brian Kelly .... rigging electrician
Brad Knopf .... electrician: 2nd Unit
Kenny Kondratko .... grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera: second unit
Thom Lairson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Colleen Lindl .... additional second assistant camera
Jimmy Lindsey .... director of photography: second unit
Lance Mayer .... libra head technician
Matthew McGinn .... film loader: Austin Unit
Darren Michaels .... unit still photographer
Joe Miller .... grip
Cory O'Dea .... grip
Todd 'Chin' Piepenbrok .... rigging electrician
Trevor Rios .... second assistant camera: red unit
Trevor Rios .... second assistant: second unit
Chris Ritter .... lighting technician
John S. Robertson .... second grip
Jim Rogers .... best boy electric
Dick Saunders .... film loader: Austin unit
David A. Seekins .... assistant camera
Robert Settlemire .... camera operator: underwater scenes
Peter Simonite .... camera operator
Don Sustrich .... electrician
Steve Urban .... grip: austin
John Vecchio .... gaffer
Ezra Venetos .... best boy grip: Texas Crew
Keith Wandrei .... electrician
John Wendling .... dolly grip
Scott Wetzel .... video assist
Bill Wilkes .... grip
Santiago Yniguez .... bodymount technician
Harry Zimmerman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Sarah Dowling .... extras casting: Texas
Rose Gilpin .... extras casting
Freya Krasnow .... casting assistant
Kathy Mooney .... casting: Michigan
Jacquelyn Palmquist .... casting associate
Janet Pound .... casting: Michigan
Kathy Remski .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jodi Baldwin .... wardrobe supervisor
Cynthia Bond .... set costumer
Danielle Cadorette .... costume shop supervisor
Mickey Carleton .... assistant costume designer
Cindy Chu .... costume assistant (as Cindy Choo)
Kent Cummins .... wardrobe
Kristi Hoffman .... set costumer
Stacy Lauwers .... set costumer
Bernadine Vida .... costumer: extras
 
Editorial Department
Rick J. Brown .... co-colorist (as Rick Brown)
Stephanie Goldstein .... post-production assistant
Michael Hatzer .... digital intermediate colorist: Efilm
Kate Hickey .... apprentice editor
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Harry Muller .... color timer
Chris Patterson .... additional editor
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate assistant producer: EFILM
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
 
Location Management
Stephen Andrzejewski .... key assistant location manager
Dustin Daniels .... assistant location manager
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager: Austin unit
Caitlin Ringness .... assistant location manager
Phil VanSpronsen .... location assistant
Phil VanSpronsen .... location manager: second unit
Desirae Wallace .... locations assistant: Austin unit
 
Music Department
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Robert Miller .... composer: additional music
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Christina Cooper .... transportation office coordinator (as Christina Schmidt)
Robert Foster Jr. .... driver: honeywagon
William Hissong .... driver
John McLaughlin .... transportation coordinator
Robert Middendorff .... driver
Hardy Ophuls .... transportation co-captain: Los Angeles
Franco Rea .... teamster driver
Timothy Schewee .... transportation co-captain
David Schmidt .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
David Artushin .... production staff
Alexis Auditore .... assistant: Ms. Konop
Jennifer Barbee .... roller derby trainer
Chris Basham .... web design/build
Kevin Boyd .... computer/video operator
Rebecca Boyle .... script supervisor
Kyle Calvin Campbell .... production assistant: second unit (as Kyle Campbell)
Michele Campbell .... production secretary
Todd F. Campbell .... production assistant
Alex Capaldi .... travel coordinator
Alexandra Cohen .... roller derby trainer
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Luke Crawford .... production assistant: Austin unit
Adam Cuthbert .... production assistant
Darell Day .... production assistant
Jesse Dean .... production assistant
Tara Dean .... production legal
Sara Denson .... production secretary: Texas
Daniella Doyen .... accounting clerk (as Daniella LaGraff)
Neal Dusedau .... assistant: Mr. Mendel
C. Kyle Eckles .... craft service
Ezekiel Alexander Enriquez .... production assistant (as Ezekiel Alexander)
Aaron Ensweiler .... assistant: Ms. Brown
Dan Eppley .... production assistant (segments)
Rob Fegen .... production coordinator
Geoffrey Frost .... set production assistant
Wendy Gaboury .... tax credit consultant
Tairon Gaffney .... craft service
James Greiner .... security manager
Mason Hughes .... assistant: Mr. Miller
Alexandra Jorgensen .... production assistant
Laura King .... set medic
Brent Kyle .... assistant: Drew Barrymore
Ashley Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Kahane
Kana LiVolsi .... set production assistant: Austin
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Laura Maurer .... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Mandate Pictures
Bryan Meganck .... craft service assistant
Megan Meganck .... key craft service
Valerie Meloche .... production office assistant
Brian Murphy .... production assistant: Austin, Texas
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Chris O'Hara .... key set production assistant
Bill Oaks .... insurance claims accountant
Jason Ormand .... set production assistant: Austin
Harley Pasternak .... fitness trainer
Rob Pellecchia .... production counsel
Shane Pritchett .... office production assistant
Karen Ramirez .... production coordinator: Texas
Michael Ridley .... assistant: Ms. McCarthy
Brendt Rioux .... production assistant
Jason Roby .... key set production assistant: second unit
Babe Ruthless .... technical consultant
Christine Santiago Drake .... assistant: Mr. Mendel (as Christine Santiago)
Jackie Saygan .... assistant accountant
Erin Smith .... roller derby trainer
Kelly Dean Smith .... assistant: Ms. Barrymore
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Heather Tyler .... post production accountant
Constance Pierce Winters .... production assistant
Marc T.S. Zakalik .... production assistant
Kana LiVolsi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Trina Naz .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Miguel Arteta .... thanks
Jaid Barrymore .... special thanks
Gretchen Driskell .... special thanks: The City of Saline, Michigan Mayor
Jason Hughley .... the producers wish to thank
Justin Long .... thanks
Steven Spielberg .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Whip It!" - USA (informal title)
"Roller Girls Diary" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material
Runtime:
111 min
Country:
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:12A | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:PG-13 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45370)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Juliette Lewis' character, Iron Maven, tells Bliss, portrayed by Ellen Page, that she's 36 years old. Juliette Lewis was actual 36 years old when the movie was released.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Brooke Cavendar:I'm supposed to buy you shoes from a... a head shop? Does that really strike you as responsible parenting?
Bliss Cavendar:Fine, the shoes are a gateway drug.
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Soundtrack:
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56 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Drew Barrymore + Ellen Page = a winning team, 24 September 2009
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the World Premiere of "Whip It" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. This is quite an impressive directorial debut for Drew Barrymore (who also stars).

Barrymore works with a Shauna Cross script (based on her own novel Derby Girl) and an all-star cast featuring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, Kristen Wiig, Landon Pigg, Jimmy Fallon, Eve, and Juliette Lewis.

Page is Bliss Cavendar, whose mother (Harden) sees her daughter in gowns and crowns as she continues the family tradition of winning beauty pageant trophies. But Bliss' chance encounter with a group of roller skating girls plants other ideas in her head. Austin, Texas happens to host a roller derby league, it's not too far away, and Bliss finally sees a way out of her town (and gown). This sets up a family confrontation that is the stuff of classic coming-of-age stories.

The film starts out slow then whips into action, its brilliant ensemble cast hitting its stride and functioning like a winning roller derby team (without the bruises). Then just when you think "Whip It" is headed into sports rom-com cliché territory, surprising twists keep it original and refreshing. But despite the multitude of talented actors, Page clearly carries the film on her diminutive shoulders and is easily in control of the material.

Production values are naturally first rate, with a vivid color palette and in-your-face costumes that are occasionally (and appropriately) over the top. Cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman and editor Dylan Tichenor work perfectly in sync by reflecting both the snail's pace of Bliss' home life vs. the secret one that flies on wheels around the Austin track. Camera-work places the viewer directly into the action. Despite having been filmed primarily in Michigan (due to favorable tax credits) the Austin scenes are prominent, placing its landmarks in a warm, affectionate light. One benefit of a big budget is the ability to purchase music rights, and the result is a killer soundtrack that will have the audience singing along. Be sure to stay for the second of the two closing credits songs, the best ever cover of one of the greatest rock 'n roll love songs of all time, The Association's "Never My Love." Fox Searchlight scores again with Ellen Page, just like they did in 2007 with "Juno." Unlike that (at the time) dark horse, this is no little indie. This is classic Hollywood comedy. "Whip It" is another crowd pleaser to add to this year's must-see list.

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