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Whip It

Whip It

Drew Barrymore (2009)

106min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is an exuberant and heart-warming coming-of-age tale. Juno's Ellen Page is sweet and utterly believable as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town Texan girl looking for a way out of her dull life. In nearby Austin, she discovers roller derby, a form of full-contact roller-skating played by women with nicknames such as Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Barrymore). It's not long before Bliss (now known as Babe Ruthless) becomes a member of the league's underdog team, the Hurl Scouts, and starts to make her dreams come true. But she's only 17 and has to lie to her conservative parents about what she's up to, while also facing hostility from rival team leader Iron Maven (an intense Juliette Lewis). What follows often lapses into the predictable, as the Hurl Scouts discover that teamwork brings results and Bliss begins an inevitable romance with a drippy wannabe rock star. But Barrymore excels at capturing the strength of female friendships and the sense of empowerment that doing something you love brings, making it hard not to be moved by the irrepressible sense of fun and optimism on display here.

Summary

Misfit teenager Bliss grows tired of her small-town life and pushy mother, who is trying to relive her lost youth by making her daughter compete in beauty pageants. When she discovers the fast-paced sport of roller derby, Bliss is instantly hooked and joins a struggling team, but has to keep it a secret from her family. Comedy drama, starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore, who also directed.

Cast & Crew

Bliss Cavendar Ellen Page
Brooke Cavendar Marcia Gay Harden
Maggie Mayhem Kristen Wiig
Smashley Simpson Drew Barrymore
Iron Maven Juliette Lewis
"Hot Tub" Johnny Rocket Jimmy Fallon
Pash Alia Shawkat
Rosa Sparks Eve
Bloody Holly Zoë Bell
Earl Cavendar Daniel Stern
Oliver Landon Pigg
Shania Cavendar Eulala Scheel
Eva Destruction Ari Graynor
Director Drew Barrymore
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Lionsgate Guidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 Apr 2010

Comedy Drama

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