• Whip It (2009)

Whip It

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2010

PG-13 |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) lives in small-town Texas and yearns to break free of her mother's (Marcia Gay Harden) world of beauty pageants and conformity. She sees her chance when she meets the Hurl Scouts, a roller-derby team; she tries out for the team and wins a slot, lying to her parents about her new hobby. Bliss finds friendship and freedom with her teammates, but a conflict between a championship game and the Bluebonnet beauty pageant threatens to spill her secret.

Cast: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Daniel Stern, Landon Pigg, Alia Shawkat

Director: Drew Barrymore

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Flower Films, Rye Road, Vincent Films

Distributors: Fox

Keywords: Best friend, Father, Growing up, Charming, 2000s, Small town, Friendship, Mother, Transformation

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Clicks on so many levels -- heartwarming family story, rough-and-tumble display of grrrl power and a secondary but tender and convincing romance. show more

  • 88
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    Sweet without being sticky and funny without getting silly, Whip It introduces Barrymore as a director with a keen eye, a good ear for tone and an inspired touch with actors. show more

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