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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
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
Stills from Whip It (Click for larger image)
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Opening
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Top customer reviews
Great Story line and plot... It's Funny... Emotional... most people will identify with one or more of the characters in this movie.
The movie is NOT innocent enough to show to young kids as this 17 year old girl (who looks it) and her new boyfriend take off most clothes during underwater scenes at night in the public swimming pool and leave the rest to ones imagination, duh.
I can not figure out who the intended audience was- perhaps Moms with teen daughters trying to find a way to discuss "relationships"?
There were some endearing scenes in what is clearly intended to be a "feel good" movie.