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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.

Director:

Drew Barrymore

Writers:

Shauna Cross (screenplay), Shauna Cross (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Habel ... Corbi
Shannon Eagen ... Amber
Edward Austin Kelly Edward Austin Kelly ... Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Val
Ellen Page ... Bliss Cavendar
Jimmy Fallon ... 'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket
Alia Shawkat ... Pash
Marcia Gay Harden ... Brooke Cavendar
Barbara Coven Barbara Coven ... Pageant Mother
Eulala Scheel ... Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher Nina Kircher ... Trudy
Daniel Stern ... Earl Cavendar
Mark Boyd ... Ronny
Carlo Alban ... Birdman
Douglas Minckiewicz Douglas Minckiewicz ... Colby (as Doug Minckewicz)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Be Your Own Hero See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derby Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,650,812, 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$13,043,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,633,035
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is written by Shauna Cross, a former Roller Derby skater with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. She cross skated under the name Maggie Mayhem with a team of rogue cops called the Sirens. Many of the teams, skaters, names and plot lines are inspired by Cross' time with the Derby Dolls. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first locker room scenes Smashley Simpson has a taped up nose and two black eyes. In the next scene her nose is not taped and her black eyes have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[Bliss has knocked Corbi off a stair banister at school]
Colby: You can't do that!
Pash: She just di-iid!
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.34 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Punk As Fuck
Written by Andrew Kenny
Performed by American Analog Set (as The American Analog Set)
Courtesy of Tiger Style Records
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Underrated Movie Gold
23 February 2018 | by LittleLottiSee all my reviews

Drew Barrymore created a stunning film with Shauna Cross's script, and you would never know it was her first time directing. The characters and story are so well crafted and there's never a dull moment. I love the way this movie feels nostalgic and makes you remember that time in your life where you're trying to figure out who you are, and you have that one best friend that gets you through the tough times. I'm impressed by the actresses' skating abilities and making this all look so natural to them. Marcia Gay Harden is total perfection as Bliss Cavendar's mother, bringing such a realness to her character, and Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat have realistic chemistry that pulls you into their friendship. This isn't a raunchy movie and I find it totally enjoyable. I can watch this movie over and over and I never get sick of it - it's become a classic for sure!


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