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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Corbi
... Amber
Edward Austin Kelly ... Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Val
... Bliss Cavendar
... 'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket
... Pash
... Brooke Cavendar
Barbara Coven ... Pageant Mother
... Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher ... Trudy
... Earl Cavendar
... Ronny
... Birdman
Douglas Minckiewicz ... 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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Be Your Own Hero 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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,650,812, 4 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,043,363, 10 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,633,035, 10 December 2009
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Eulala Scheel, who plays Brooke's daughter Shania, is also the real-life daughter of Marcia Gay Harden (who plays Brooke). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the girls first start following Razor's play book, The last play they run is the Whip. Before any setup is done for this play that would let the crow know what was coming, the crowd is screaming "Whip It!" See more »

Quotes

[Bliss is waiting on a table occupied by Corbi, Colby and their friends]
Colby: What's the name of that thing that if I eat it real fast, it's free?
Bliss Cavendar: That's the Squealer. You have to eat it in three minutes or less.
Colby: [ponders briefly] Yeah. You bring me a Squealer. And I don't mean Corbi.
[Colby laughs and grabs Corbi in a groping hug, and Corbi mock-squeals loudly]
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Get Up Get Down (Tonite)
Written by Jonas Stein, John Eatherly and Max Van Peebles (as Maxwell Peebles)
Performed by Turbo Fruits featuring Landon Pigg
Landon Pigg appears courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Awesome! Drew banged it out with this one...
28 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Caught a preview of this and was really glad I did. The writing and characters were very genuine. There were lots of laughs and emotion and great moments you can't help but root for the girls. Drew, Ellen, Alia, Kristin, Marcia, Juliet, Eve and the rest just tore it up on the screen. It was nice to see some of these girls, like Drew & Kristin, in roles as real people as opposed to just caricature's. I never knew how roller derby was even played but now I'm gonna look for a local league to go watch - those girls rock! I ended the film feeling like I was best buds with all of them. This definitely shows that Drew will have quite a career directing and that Juno wasn't a one-hit-wonder for Ellen, either. You won't want to miss this one.


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