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Whip it - Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Drew Barrymore

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Movie propaganda

For years, Bliss Cavendar (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 team-mates. 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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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy drama sport roller derby coming-of-age misfit skate

Persons of interest

  • Ellen Page .... Bliss Cavendar
  • Drew Barrymore .... Smashley Simpson
  • Juliette Lewis .... Dinah Might
  • Kristen Wiig .... Malice in Wonderland
  • Zoe Bell .... Bloody Holly
  • Alia Shawkat .... Pash
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • Ari Graynor .... Eva Destruction
  • Daniel Stern
  • Andrew Wilson .... Coach
  • Tuesday Knight .... Shane
  • Eve .... Rosa Sparks
  • Sarah Habel .... Corbi Booth
  • Har Mar Superstar .... Coach Jeff
  • Sydney Bennett .... Kami Kaze
  • Landon Pigg .... Oliver
  • Carlo Alban .... Birdman
  • Shannon Eagen .... Amber Blythe
  • Joelle ten Damme .... Sasha
  • Rio Scafone .... Clara
  • Austin Bickel .... Riley
  • LaTasha Pippen .... Juana Beatn
  • Mark Boyd .... Ronny
  • Madge Levinson .... Helen
  • Shauna Cross .... Screenwriter
  • Shauna Cross .... Author: Derby Girl
  • Drew Barrymore .... Director

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Theatrical report

I didn't know that Drew Barrymore directed films, yet that would explain why I haven't seen her recently in other projects. In the 80s I'd seen another similar film with a higher mature content and directed towards a B-grade audience, so I wasn't expecting too much from this production, but, once again I was surprised by the performances from Ellen Page and Andrew Wilson (the OTHER Wilson brother). Yes, yes, honourable mentions go to Marcia Gay Harden and Zoë Bell but Juliette Lewis's performance and character portrayal didn't show me anything new about her. Still the same bitch-with-an-attitude (or Only Child Syndrome™) which even to me is getting a little tiresome. Drew did well to have a character that's important but not stand-outish enough to affect her direction which complements the story.

I think many people will be pleasantly surprised but don't hold out for mind-blowing performances or plot.

The comedy, drama, sport movie Whip it is directed by Drew Barrymore and stars Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis.

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language and sexual references)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 October 2009
Disc: 18 February 2010

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