Whip It

October 2nd, 2009


Whip It

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.9/10 (26,820 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Drew Barrymore

Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig

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?

Writers: Shauna Cross, Shauna Cross

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

Taglines: She's the hottest thing on eight wheels.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] | Official Facebook [France] |

Release Date: 2 October 2009

Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,650,812 (USA) (4 October 2009) (1721 Screens)

Gross: $13,034,417 (USA) (6 December 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filmed in Detroit, Michigan and many of the skaters in the movie are on Detroit's Derby team.

Factual errors: In several parking lots, multiple parked cars do not have front license plates. Texas requires cars to have front car license plates. But Michigan, where the film was shot, does not have front car license plates.

Bliss Cavendar: I'm gonna puke!

User Review

Fantastic directoral debut

Rating: 8/10

Drew Barrymore is well known for her quirky acting and distinct personality. But now movie goers across the country will begin seeing her in a new light- director.

"Whip It," which stars Ellen Page (Juno), Marcia Harden, and several other notable actors/actresses is a fun filled, action packed, emotional film that forces you to give an old fashioned thumbs up as you leave.

Page is fantastic in her role, perfectly capturing the rebellious, curious character of Bliss Cavendar. Her innocent face leaves you rooting for her while at the same time wondering if her decisions are ultimately right. Harden again plays her role flawlessly, down to her own hidden dreams disguised under her thick shell.

Unlike most "rise to the top" movies, Whip It is believable. It seems real at all times. It feels as though all of us at one point in our lives were like Bliss, longing to live a different life.

If you want a great night at the movies, if you want a solid movie with enjoyable memories, and if you want to answer that question of "I wonder how Drew Barrymore would be as a director," go see Whip It. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


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