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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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Amber
Edward Austin Kelly ...
Pageant Coordinator
Mary Callaghan Lynch ...
Val
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Barbara Coven ...
Pageant Mother
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Shania Cavendar
Nina Kircher ...
Trudy
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Mark Boyd ...
Ronny
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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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She's the hottest thing on eight wheels. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,650,812 (USA) (4 October 2009)

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$13,043,363 (USA) (10 December 2009)
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Ellen Page dropped out of Drag Me to Hell (2009) to be in this film. See more »

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When the hurl scouts are knocked down after the Fight Attendants do Razors play, Maggie Mayhem is seen gasping face down on the floor. In the next shot she is lying on her back. See more »

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Iron Maven: Nice jump, Evel Knievel.
Bliss Cavendar: Thanks. Maybe I'll teach it to you some time.
Iron Maven: [a little surprised] Really?
Bliss Cavendar: Yeah.
Iron Maven: [smiles] Okay.
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References Spider-Man 3 (2007) See more »

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Unattainable
Written by Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro (as Jordana "Binki" Shapiro)
Performed by Little Joy
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records, Ltd.
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My 299th Review: Redefines The Term Chick Flick - And I Mean That.
4 January 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

In a sense this is a 6 or 7: a kind of kookie inspirational sports movie - fun, energetic, easy to watch and easy to like.

However it gets a 9 because I cannot recall any film that truly takes the conventions that male cinema does so well and wholesale translate them to something that girls will love.

This film isn't sappy but it isn't about masculine heroism - it is about women having a great time being truly what they are - not 1950 prissies, but punky, spikey, ironic, sexy and just plain fun.

Whip It has great roller derby sequences but more than that and more than most male sports movies we get to see the personalities of those involved and they shine.

Drew Barrymore knows films - she's being doing it all her life - and this may look lightweight and simple, but the way the camera tells the story is excellent - it is all well-composed and supported by a tip-top script and a great cast. The romantic interest is too good-looking (of course) and above all this is a film that will hit the target with girls and women - but I promise you guys will really like it too.

Almost impossible not to enjoy we loved its free spirit and would recommend it heartily to teenage girls as a film about doing your thing and being strong.


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