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Whip It

2009 film by Drew Barrymore

Whip It

Released 2009 (13 years, 3 months ago)

Director Drew Barrymore
Duration 106 minutes
Genre comedy-drama, coming-of-age story, film adaptation and drama film
Production company Mandate Pictures and Flower Films
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Shauna Cross
Producer Drew Barrymore and Barry Mendel

About Whip It

Whip It, the 2009 film directed by Drew Barrymore, is a coming-of-age story about a small-town girl named Bliss (played by Ellen Page) who discovers the world of roller derby. The film is a mix of comedy, drama, and action, with a strong emphasis on female empowerment.

Page delivers a standout performance as Bliss, a rebellious teenager who feels trapped in her small Texas town. She finds solace in roller derby, a rough-and-tumble sport that allows her to express herself and break free from societal expectations. The film also features a talented supporting cast, including Kristen Wiig, Alia Shawkat, and Juliette Lewis.

Whip It received positive reviews from critics, who praised its energetic direction and strong performances. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called it "a blast of pure exhilaration," while The New York Times' A.O. Scott described it as "a movie that celebrates the joys of being alive and the thrill of being yourself."

The film also helped to bring roller derby into the mainstream, inspiring a new generation of fans and athletes. In fact, many of the real-life roller derby players who appear in the film went on to become stars in their own right.

Overall, Whip It is a fun and empowering film that celebrates the power of individuality and the importance of following your dreams. It's a must-see for anyone who loves a good underdog story.


Travers, Peter. "Whip It." Rolling Stone, 30 Sept. 2009,

Scott, A.O. "Roller Derby and Coming of Age in a Small Town." The New York Times, 1 Oct. 2009,

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