Whip It

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Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It!, the story of an ex-beauty pageant contestant named Bliss played by Juno's Ellen Page who leaves her crowns behind after joining a roller-derby team. While her mother would prefer that Bliss unlace her skates and step back before the judges, the rebellious teen instead seeks the wisdom of rowdy mentor Malice in Wonderland Kristen Wiig in learning the tricks of the circuit track. The Mandate Pictures production was written by roller derby ...
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Overview

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It!, the story of an ex-beauty pageant contestant named Bliss played by Juno's Ellen Page who leaves her crowns behind after joining a roller-derby team. While her mother would prefer that Bliss unlace her skates and step back before the judges, the rebellious teen instead seeks the wisdom of rowdy mentor Malice in Wonderland Kristen Wiig in learning the tricks of the circuit track. The Mandate Pictures production was written by roller derby star-turned-screenwriter Shauna Cross.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes, including alternate opining ; Fox movie channel presents writer's draft: Shauna Cross of Whip It
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For her first directorial effort, actress Drew Barrymore picked a good project. Whip It is a ton of fun -- a sweet coming-of-age film with lots of heart, and a benign girl-power vibe that never takes itself too seriously. You can tell that this is probably the kind of movie Barrymore herself would have liked to see when she was 17 -- and probably for a lot of us, our inner 17-year-olds will be just as happy. The story focuses on the teenage Bliss Cavendar Ellen Page, an odd girl out in the pageant scene of her one-stoplight town of Bodine, TX. A pensive girl with a penchant for semi-ironic vintage T-shirts, Bliss is just approaching the age where it becomes clear that her newly forming identity doesn't quite jive with the interests of her childhood. Of course, the whole beauty pageant thing is mostly the influence of her mom Marcia Gay Harden, who is sort of tightly wound, but we know only foists this ridiculous pastime on her daughter because it offers scholarships, credentials, and the chance to escape the Sisyphean struggle just to scrape by of lower-middle-class life. Nonetheless, when Bliss catches a bewitching glimpse of some roller-derby chicks during one of those crucial first trips to a vintage shop mom awkwardly in tow, eagerly buying that first pair of combat boots, she's instantly hooked on the whole scene. A few white lies later, Bliss is attending a match, trying out for the team, and unearthing an array of unexpected aptitudes. Part of what makes this process so relatable is that Page doesn't play her character as the spunky firecracker we know from Juno -- Bliss is quiet and unsure, so when she discovers her toughness on the track, her rightful place among her new friends, and the confidence not to let a single dumb boy ruin her life, we're right there with her. Whip It also benefits from good construction, and a delightful collection of supporting players, like Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, Eve, Juliette Lewis, and Barrymore herself in a noticeably tiny role. The surrounding cast help to decorate the story with an idea or two about growing up and finding something you're good at. But, once again, the film never takes a heavy-handed approach -- this isn't high art, and it isn't trying to be. Assuming that what Whip It does strive for is a place somewhere near the top tier of lovable teen movies, it's a categorical success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • UPC: 024543642077
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,378

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Page Bliss, Bliss Cavendar
Drew Barrymore , "Smashley Simpson", Smashley Simpson
Marcia Gay Harden Brooke Cavendar,
Kristen Wiig "Maggie Mayhem", Maggie Mayhem, Malice in Wonderland
Juliette Lewis "Iron Maven", Dinah Might, Iron Maven
Jimmy Fallon , "Hot Tub" Johnny Rocket, Johnny
Alia Shawkat Pash Amini,
Eve Rosa Sparks, "Rosa Sparks",
Zoe Bell Bloody Holly, "Bloody Holly"
Ari Graynor Eva Destruction, "Eva Destruction",
Eulala Scheel Shania Cavendar,
Andrew Wilson Coach "Razor",
Carlo Alban Birdman,
Landon Pigg Oliver
Kristen Adolfi Manson Sister #1
Rachel Piplica Manson Sister #2
Daniel Stern Earl Cavendar,
Sydney Bennett Kami Kaze
Har Mar Superstar Fight Attendants Coach
Sarah Habel Corbi
Mark Boyd Ronny
Will Brick Referee
Barbara Coven Pageant Mother
Edward Austin Kelly Pageant Coordinator
Doug Minckewicz Colby
Rusty Mewha Holy Rollers Coach
Danny Mooney Smashley's Fiancé
Shannon Eagen Amber
Madge Levinson Helen
Nina Kircher Trudy
Mary Callaghan Lynch Val
Brent Kyle Savage
Claudia Rogers Mrs. Weaver
Latasha Pippen Juana Beat'n
Alexis O'Neill Pocket Rocket
Michael Petrillo Poindexter
Eli Bleiler Jaba the Slut
Sean O'Reilly Colby's Friend #2
Sam Zikakis Colby's Friend #3
Patrick Moug Terrifying Cop
Technical Credits
Drew Barrymore Director, Producer
Justine Baddeley Casting
Shauna Cross Screenwriter
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Peter Douglas Executive Producer
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Nancy Juvonen Executive Producer
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh Production Designer
Kelli Konop Co-producer
Jason Lust Co-producer
Karyn McCarthy Co-producer
Barry Mendel Producer
Chris Miller Executive Producer
Nicole Brown Co-producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Section Quartet Score Composer
Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith Executive Producer
Catherine Marie Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Dylan Tichenor Editor
Jason Watson Asst. Director
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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