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Whip It (2009)

Ellen Page , Drew Barrymore , Drew Barrymore  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Habel, Shannon Eagen
  • Directors: Drew Barrymore
  • Writers: Shauna Cross
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Barry Mendel, Chris Miller, Jason Lust, Joseph Drake
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VPTJOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whip It" on IMDb

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Forced Trailers: Theatrical Trailer, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Amelia, Glee, Fame, AFI Trailer
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Opening
  • Sneak Peek: Watch Romantic Favorites

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Drew Barrymore makes her bow as a director with this Roller Derby coming-of-age number, which shares the spirit of so many of Barrymore's movies: it's loosey-goosey, cheerful, and buoyant in waving its "Girls Rule!" flag. On screen, Barrymore relegates herself to a slapstick supporting role, handing the lead to Juno gal Ellen Page. Page plays a Texas teen with a yen to join Austin's Roller Derby squad, complete with new professional moniker Babe Ruthless, but she'll have to keep the side career secret from her beauty-pageant-obsessed Mom (Marcia Gay Harden) and football-watchin' Dad (Daniel Stern). A coming-of-age tale emerges between bouts of skating on the RD track (Jimmy Fallon plays the goofy Derby announcer), with a dash of romance added in the form of a generic Dude in a Band. Kristen Wiig does surrogate-mom duty as a teammate, Juliette Lewis is appropriately out-there as a track rival, and Andrew Wilson (bro of Owen and Luke) gets some hilariously poker-faced lines in as the team's coach. All the pleasant stuff makes you almost overlook how ramshackle the movie is, and how standard-issue the parental tensions (even if Harden is a total pro, as always). Ellen Page doesn't offer the innate audience-friendly cuddliness of Barrymore herself--thus her apt casting as Juno's brittle heroine--but her rapt focus is something to behold. "Babe Ruthless" indeed. --Robert Horton

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Hang onto your helmet and get ready to break away from the pack! Ellen Page scores huge laughs as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family’s footsteps of compliance and conformity, Bliss discovers a way to put her life on the fast track...literally. She lands a spot on a rough-and-tumble roller derby team and becomes “Babe Ruthless” — the hottest thing on eight wheels! Co-starring Drew Barrymore (in her feature film directorial debut), Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Daniel Stern and Jimmy Fallon, Whip It is a triumphant, free-spirited comedy loaded with high-speed action and nonstop fun!

  • Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Digital / Spanish: Dolby Surround / French: Dolby Surround
  • Language: Dubbed: English, French & Spanish / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.40:1

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rolling with the Punches October 9, 2009
"Whip It" is surprisingly good in spite of itself, conventional as a sports movie yet mature in its development of character. It's also an entertaining spectacle, which is relief for me since I've never given much thought to women's Roller Derby (or even sports in general, but that's a topic for another day). Drew Barrymore has done well to hype it as her directorial debut; she proves that she not only has the technical skills, but also the ability to move a story along through dialogue, pacing, and emotion. Having practically grown up in front of the camera, I think it's safe to assume she knows a thing or two about what a film needs in order for it to work. The first thing she did right was cast Ellen Page, who has repeatedly demonstrated just how versatile an actress she is.

She's no exception here. She plays seventeen-year-old Bliss Cavendar, who was raised in a middle-of-nowhere Texas town and gets by as a diner waitress. Her overbearing mother, Brooke (Marcia Gay Harden), a product of a very different set of standards, pressures Bliss into competing in beauty pageants, believing you have to make do with what you've got when you're young and attractive. When Bliss is made aware of a Roller Derby match in nearby Austin, she decides to go and see what all the fuss is about. Lo and behold, she likes what she sees. She then meets Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), a teammate for the Hurl Scouts, and is encouraged to try out for the team. Maggie is one of several teammates that has adopted a clever nickname; some of the other Hurl Scouts are Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore), Rosa Sparks (Eve), and the Manson Sisters (Kristen Adolfi and Rachel Piplica).

Under the guise of taking an SAT studies class, Bliss sneaks away to Austin every week for practice.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Roller Derby. I can easily remember turning on the television and watching the Los Angeles T-Birds. Personally, I didn't know if this was a true sport or if it was like wrestling and it was just sports entertainment. But I was hooked. Not sure if it was the blonde women with poofy hair throwing other women out of the rink or that one person who didn't look should be on the rink, actually kicking butt. Needless to say, that roller derby has had its following for decades and now here we are with a film based on a character who takes part in roller derby competitions.

"Whip It" marks the directorial debut by actress Drew Barrymore ("E.T.", "50 First Dates", "The Wedding Singer", "Charlie's Angels" films) and is an adaptation of the novel "Derby Girl" by Shauna Cross, a fictionalized book of skating with the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls.

The independent film was released in theaters during the fall of 2009 and now makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut. The Blu-ray edition comes with a second disc which contains a digital copy of the film.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"Whip It" is presented in 1080 High Definition (Widescreen 2:40:1), AVC @ 36 MBPS. The film sports vibrant colors with the Hurl Scouts green outfits, while amber lights shine on the roller derby rink. You can see details in the surroundings, especially injuries ala bloody noses to bruises. Even the tattoos on Kristen Wiig are seen much clearly on HD. Skin tones are natural and blacks are nice and deep. Everything is visible from the freckles of Pash, to the sweat and tears of Bliss and the other girls during competition or the more emotional scenes of the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whip it good! October 5, 2009
It's official: Until further notice, I will happily see any movie featuring Ellen Page. As in previous movies, Page does an outstanding job in bringing her angsty teenage character to life. This time, she's a slightly lost seventeen year old being herded around by a pageant-passionate mother. The first glimmering that she might have goals of her own comes when she sees roller derby girls dropping off flyers for an upcoming event. Of course, she sneaks out to see it using a pretext transparent to everyone but her parents, and she is transfixed. After the show, she tells one of the skaters, "You guys are my heroes!" The tattooed derby girl answers, "Come to the tryout - be your own hero." And she does.

The rest follows an inspiring and hilarious season of sneaking around the parents, doing her part to bring the last-place team to the championship. As you might expect, the poo hits the fan when pageant-panicked Mom finds out that her little beauty queen has another life as Babe Ruthless. I found the parent/teen flareups somewhat milder than realistic, but then the rapprochement was unconvincingly minor, too.

But, if that tension had been much tenser, a lot of the movie's core fun would have been hidden. Barrymore, in her debut role as director, clearly had fun making this and the fun comes through in the final product. The girl-power, be-who-you-are messages come through without shrillness, and Page's navigation of teen heartbreak leaves her character convincingly in the lead. One scene near the very end, her father with hammer in hand (wait for it) was a bit predictable, but satisfying none the less. As was the whole movie. I don't always want a movie that takes itself too seriously. When you want a fun bit of fluff with plenty of physical comedy, give this one a shot. It's well worth the time spent seeing it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a silly movie by some good acting and film making
Somehow I ordered Blu-ray when I needed just the regular thingy. It's a silly movie by some good acting and film making. I haven't returned it...my choice. Read more
Published 12 days ago by concerned mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Fun movie, got me and my wife into watching Derby Dolls live in L.A.
Published 15 days ago by TWM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So much fun!
Published 1 month ago by Claudine
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters - A feel good movie on steroids
great characters - A feel good movie on steroids.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
liked the show and comedy
Published 1 month ago by BobD
5.0 out of 5 stars i like ellen page and can't wait to watch it
speedy delivery, i like ellen page and can't wait to watch it!
Published 1 month ago by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars we loved it.
this was a gift to my granddaughter, who just joined a roller derby team. we loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Gregson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mother-Daughter movie night!
I received this DVD as a gift. It was a great movie to take a mental break from reality. There are good life lessons for people of all ages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME & PERSONAL BENEFITS
Was good, but still don't understand the rules. My daughter has been on the local team & it has brought out qualities that were dormant in her! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch and read!
"To any and all misfits" ...inspired by the novel by the same name...a few minor changes but all in all great flick.
Published 2 months ago by Diolys
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Why is this unavailable?
I would really like to know why this film is unavailable as well. It must be something on Twentieth Century Fox's end because "Whip It" is not available to purchase in the U.S. iTunes store either, even though it was available earlier this year. It is, however, available in the UK and... Read More
Nov 30, 2010 by J.D. |  See all 2 posts
recent orders getting green case?
no its in a cheap blu eco case
Mar 10, 2010 by Emma M. Mitchell |  See all 4 posts
Best Buy will have this for $25.99, so it Amazon doesn't match, go there...
Matched and beaten. Don't you love Amazon? I just wish Best Buy would wake up and start offering the blu-rays with a bigger discount. They use to beat Amazon(would match) to the punch with most of their regular DVDs a couple of years ago. It seems it is taking them a long time to gauge the retail... Read More
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