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While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches. Read critic reviews

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Bliss Cavendar lives in small-town Texas and yearns to break free of her mother's world of beauty pageants and conformity. She sees her chance when she meets the Hurl Scouts, a roller-derby team; she tries out for the team and wins a slot, lying to her parents about her new hobby. Bliss finds friendship and freedom with her teammates, but a conflict between a championship game and the Bluebonnet beauty pageant threatens to spill her secret.

Cast & Crew

Elliot Page
Bliss Cavendar
Marcia Gay Harden
Brooke Cavendar
Kristen Wiig
Maggie Mayhem
Drew Barrymore
Smashley Simpson
Daniel Stern
Earl Cavendar
Alia Shawkat
Pash Amini
Zoe Bell
Bloody Holly
Eve
Rosa Sparks
Ari Graynor
Eva Destruction
Shauna Cross
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Peter Douglas
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Nancy Juvonen
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Kirsten Smith
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Nathan Kahane
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Joseph Drake
Executive Producer
Chris Miller
Executive Producer
Robert Yeoman
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The Section Quartet
Original Music
Kevin Kavanaugh
Production Design
Catherine Marie Thomas
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Meg Everist
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Critic Reviews for Whip It

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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Drew Barrymore makes her directing debut with a join-the-dots sports outing that's so brightly played - and so essentially sweet-natured - that its manifest cliches come up smelling of fresh paint.

    April 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although there's nothing original about it, and although it's handled competently rather than with breathtaking élan, it's almost impossible to dislike...

    April 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As a sports movie and as a mixed-up teen flick, it keeps taking unexpected turns, and unlike so many in the former genre, remembers there's more to sport dramas than just winning.

    April 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Deftly moderating her patented eye-rolling poseur shtick, Page delivers her most charismatic and least divisive performance to date as Bliss Cavendar, aka Babe Ruthless.

    April 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • If the film were any more brainless, it would be a lump of rock. But if it were any less brainless, it might be less fun.

    April 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 23, 2014
    Page is brilliant and the characters are well developed. didn't expect to like this but I'm super impressed and can't recommend this one any more.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2014
    It's obscurely humorous and heartfelt. Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is impressive and awkwardly stylish. Whip It supplies just enough in its envisioning tale and overall attitude to make this an intriguing coming-of-age story. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2013
    A really cute directional debut from Drew Barrymore, it's a coming of age film about a young girl finding her real passion, juggling between her parents' expectation and her own determination. Like any typical flowers production, it's got many great characters, nice plot, fine soundtracks and great dialogues. The romantic subplot was unnecessary, but still nicely fitted in.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    Whip It have a nice team of actors, especially the 'return' of Daniel Stern. Drew Barrymore's debut in direction, however bring cliches of a typical teen romantic comedy and make her movie look a mix of 'Juno', 'Footloose' and 'Thank God It's Friday'.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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