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At Theaters: 10/2/2009 On Video: 1/26/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539969
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Bliss is dragged to beauty pageant by her obsessed mother. This is not what she wants and when she discovers the world of roller derby, she jumps in and starts to skate. She has to keep this from her parents but when her secret gets out, she has to take control of the future on her own terms.
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Drama Comedy - This roller derby themed comedy-drama is aimed at female moviegoers, particularly teens. Language and some alcohol may make this worthy of caution for parents of really young girls.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Ellen Page SMART PEOPLE, JUNO
Marcia Gay Harden INTO THE WILD, THE INVISIBLE, THE HOAX
Kristen Wiig EXTRACT, ADVENTURELAND
Juliette Lewis CATCH AND RELEASE, COLD CREEK MANOR, ENOUGH
Jimmy Fallon FEVER PITCH, TAXI, ANYTHING ELSE
Dir/Prod: Drew Barrymore Feature Directoral Debut
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Production Notes Heading
Welcome To The All-Girl Roller Derby Revolution
Woman On Wheels: Bliss Cavendar
Into The Rink: The Derby Girls
Best Friends & First Kisses
Skate Away: The Training
The Music
The Wheel World: The Design
Roller Derby 101: Rules And Lingo
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PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 4 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A slap; fighting; falls.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, including by teens; tobacco.
ACTION: Roller derby action.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and banter.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Whip It, the directorial debut of actress Drew Barrymore, is a sports film that uneasily straddles the divide that exists between comedy and drama.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good 'Whip It' is an unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any.

USA Today Full Review
Average Sports films centering on girls and women are worth cheering on. But Whip It lacks the charm and energy of a Bend It Like Beckham. Strangely, Barrymore's tribute to girl power lacks exuberance.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
For years, Bliss Cavendar (Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page) has been dreaming of escaping her tiny, truck-stop of a town Bodeen, Texas. Unfortunately her devoted, beauty pageant obsessed mother (Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden) is convinced that Bliss can only succeed in life if she wins the crown at the local Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, but the awkward outsider knows there's something bigger and better out there. When Bliss sneaks off to the big city of Austin with her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) she discovers a world unlike anything she could ever imagine: roller derby, with its girl-power-meets-punk-rock spirit and its liberating celebration of wild individuality.

Inspired by the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), Bliss secretly tries out for a spot on the Hurl Scouts, a rag-tag team of scrappy underdogs. Soon she's trading in her gowns and crowns for skirts, skates and scrapes becoming her alter ego, Babe Ruthless. Leading a precarious double life, Bliss may be a waitress at Bodeen's Oink Joint by day, but by night, she's becoming the fastest thing on eight wheels. Now she's doing things she never dreamed of -- fearlessly facing off with bad-ass rivals like Iron Maven (Academy Award® nominee Juliette Lewis) and falling for a boy in a band (singer/songwriter Landon Pigg) -- while trying to be a heroine to her new friends and teammates. But when her secret gets out, Bliss will face her toughest fight yet: to take control of the future . . . on her own terms.

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