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Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 2 October 2009 (USA)
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Whip It is a movie starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, and Kristen Wiig. 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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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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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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Trivia

At one point in the film, Bliss Cavendar lies about her age being 22 (instead of 17), which was the actual age of Ellen Page, who played her, at the time. See more »

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In one of the first locker room scenes, Bliss is still wearing her Barbie skates, but the previous 'musical montage' has already shown her getting new derby skates. See more »

Quotes

Corbi: So, what are you, like, alternative now?
Bliss Cavendar: Alternative to what?
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Referenced in The Fosters: Line in the Sand (2018) See more »

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Doing It Right
Written by Ninja (as Nkechi Egenamba), Guy Hemric, Weldon McDougal, Ian Parton and Jerry Styner
Performed by The Go! Team
Produced by Gareth Parton
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
Contains a sample of "I'll Always Love You"
Performed by Cindy Gibson
Contains a sample of "International Girl"
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Drew Barrymore did this one very well...
11 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I attended a screening of this on Wednesday night (the 9th) with a Q&A with Drew after the movie. This movie was superb. It was done very well. I really liked the score and the music selection (from Peaches to MGMT) was amazing. The story is really good and so realistic...it wasn't cheap. Drew said she wanted to direct this movie because it was close to her heart, and you can tell it is because of the final product. You can tell she put a lot of effort into this one. Ellen Page and Marcia Gay Harden were GREAT in this! I loved every scene they were in together...(btw, Drew was REALLY nice and answered my question). Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Drew, Landon Pigg, and the young lady who plays Bliss's best friend Pash (I forget this actress's name) were wonderful. There is everything in this movie...romance, drama, mild humorous violence, and comedy. The film also explained the sport of roller derbying very well. Good research Drew! My final rating: 9.5/10 GO SEE IT!


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