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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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She's the hottest thing on eight wheels. 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 »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,043,363, 10 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,633,035, 10 December 2009
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Johnny is announcing the Hurl Scouts during Bliss' first match, he mentions the team's real names. Maggie Mayhem is Peggy, Smashley Simpson is Francine, Rosa Sparks is Tammy and Bloody Holly is Rachel. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Earl Cavender: I can take losing the money. I cannot take losing the chance for our kid to be happy.
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Bloopers run during closing credits. See more »

Connections

References Slap Shot (1977) See more »

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Il Trovatore: Di Quella Pira
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Sweet, fun, and good natured
31 October 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Likable" could be seen as a lukewarm compliment for a film. "Cute" could even be a backhanded pit-down. But this film is likable and cute in a very good way.

The story of an off-beat 17 year old, well played by Ellen Page, finding herself by secretly joining the roller derby in Austin, Texas may be clichéd on the surface, but the lovely character detail and successfully offbeat casting make the film a quirky, likable winner.

Not a great film, nor an "important" one, but one I enjoyed and was never bored by. And at a time where most Hollywood "entertainment" centers around blowing stuff up, its nice to see a mainstream film with rich characters and a big heart.


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