Whip It (USA 2009)

Director:

Drew Barrymore

Writer:

Shauna Cross

 

Producer:

Barry Mendel, Nancy Juvonen

 

Drew Barrymore

 

Cast:

 

Ellen Page

Bliss Cavendar / Babe Ruthless

Zoe Bell

Bloody Holly

Drew Barrymore

Smashley Simpson

Kristen Wiig

Maggie Mayhem

Marcia Gay Harden

Brooke Cavendar

Juliette Lewis

Dinah Might / Iron Maven

Alia Shawkat

Pash Amini

Jimmy Fallon

Hot Tub Johnny / Johnny Rock-It

Eve

Rosa Sparks

Sydney Bennett

Kami Kaze

Ari Graynor

Eva Destruction

Landon Pigg

Oliver Hastings

Har Mar Superstar

Coach Jeff

 

(Complete Cast & Crew)

Whip It

Ellen Page Online Movie Rating:

 


Genre:

Drama

Runtime:

111 minutes

Language:

English

Budget:

US $15,000,000

Filming dates:

July - September 2008

Filming locations:

Austin and Michigan, Texas, USA

Rating:

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material / 14A

World premiere:

34th Toronto International Film Festival (13th September 2009)

Companies:

Flower Films Inc, Jaret Entertainment, Mandate Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Fox Searchlight

Official website:

www.whip-it.net / www.foxsearchlight.com/whipit

IMDb website:

www.imdb.com/title/tt1172233

DVD premiere:

26th January 2010 (USA, Region Code 1 / 20th Century Fox)


Downloads:

 

English Press Kit by Fox Searchlight

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English Press Kit by Pathé Films

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Plot:

Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.

Bliss' escape? Take up Roller Derby.

When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn.

Plotline by Fox Searchlight:

For years, Bliss Cavender (Academy Award® nominee 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 teammates. But when her secret gets out, Bliss will face her toughest fight yet: to take control of the future . . . on her own terms.

Awards:

  • Outstanding Feature Film (WIN Award, Women’s Network Image Awards, 1st December 2009)

Nominations:

  • Best Directing Debut (Bronze Horse, Stockholm Film Festival, January 2010)
  • Intentional or not - Film of the year (Dorian Award, Dorian Awards, 21st January 2010)

Facts:

  • Ellen was trained by former TXRD skater Smother Teresa for several months in Los Angeles
  • Observers said she became so skillful that she could actually turn pro if she wanted to. (Source: parade.com)
  • The actors like Drew Barrymore and Ellen have been to many games of the L.A. Derby Dolls and trained with them
  • Drew Barrymore included images opposite every page of the script to help the actors and crew understand the “tone” she was after (Source: April 2009 issue of W Magazine, on stands March 24, 2009)
  • Drew Barrymore and co-star Ellen Page did all their own stunts and had plenty of soft-tissue injuries to prove it
  • Kristen Wiig’s Derby name “Maggie Mayhem” was given to her as a tribute to screenwriter Shauna Cross, though the character was originally going to be called “Malice in Wonderland” (Source: usatoday.com)
  • The movie's title refers to a teammate move, grabbing someone by the arm and swinging her around the bend in the track to maximize speed and break ahead of the pack (Source: theplaylist.blogspot.com)
  • Filming locations included the Detroit Yacht Club, an old Birch Run diner, a high school & salon in Hamtramck, Mother Fletcher's (a vintage shop in Ferndale), a tiny house in Ypsilanti and The Elbow Room
  • Ellen Page and Alia Shawcat could often be heard singing together on set (Source: name is known to the author)
  • Bliss Cavendar chooses “Babe Ruthless” as a reminder to herself to show no mercy (Source: production notes)
  • Drew Barrymore recruited Alex Cohen aka Axels of Evil from the L.A. Derby Dolls who worked most intensively with Ellen Page, since Bliss’s journey from newbie to fledgling star had to be completely believable.
    (Source: official production notes by Fox Searchlight)
  • A photo of Ellen from the photoshoot by Patrick Demarchelier for Teen Vogue can be seen on Earl Cavendar’s desk
  • The fictional TXRD team 'Hurl Scouts' were based on the 'Tough Cookies' from Los Angeles: both teams share a green uniform and theme based on the Girl Scouts of America
  • The track used in the movie was built and lent to be used in the movie by a banked track roller derby league from Oklahoma City called Red Dirt Rebellion Rollergirls
  • At one point in the film, Bliss Cavendar lies about her age being 22 (instead of 17), which is the actual age of Ellen Page, who plays her
  • 22 is also Babe Ruthless’ player number
  • When Bliss is getting ready for her first big match, Maggie Mayhem tells her that you can never have enough Lash Blast. Lash Blast mascara is a Cover Girl product. 'Drew Barrymore' is a Cover Girl spokesperson

Quotes:

  • “Ellen Page was quiet and seemed very focused. Her training on the track has paid off -- she's a pretty good skater!”
    (Ouote of an Extra,who reported about the experience on the set; Source: blog.mlive.com)
     
  • “I wore pads on my knees and hips and a helmet to keep from getting hurt.” (Ellen Page; Source: parade.com)
     
  • Steven Spielberg gave her [Drew] notes after she showed him a rough cut of “my first child,” as she refers to Whip It. “I don’t want to sell out the moment because it’s so personal and private,” she says, suddenly drawing a line. “It was very emotional for me. I was like, ‘This is who I became because of your guidance.’” Spielberg considers the film a self-assured debut. “I was not surprised that she knew exactly where to put the camera,” he says, “because at six years old she was telling me where she thought I should put the camera.” (Source: April 2009 issue of W Magazine)
     
  • "It's about small victories. It's not about just being No. 1 or the best. I know that feeling like you're in the right place with the right people is one of the most winning feelings you can have. As someone who was all about fairy tales in her 20s and was obsessed with them and loved happy endings, now I'm more about just finding inner peace and honesty with the people around you. A good day is a good day." (Drew Barrymore on her movie; Source: usatoday.com)
     
  • "I called Ellen 'Small Newman'. She's as tiny as anything you've ever seen, and Paul Newman was always such an inspiration for me." (Drew Barrymore on Ellen Page’s own off-screen derby name; Source: usatoday.com)
     
  • “She’s a really great, super-nice person and she kind of just likes everybody.” (Landon Pigg on Ellen Page; Source: Nylon Magazine - The Insider - July 2009)
     
  • “She’s awesome, an uncompromising one-of-a-kind renegade. She’s very young but has somehow managed not to get warped priorities by all that Hollywoodland attention.” (Juliette Lewis on working with Ellen Page; Source: blackbookmag.com)
     
  • “Juliette is not just incredibly talented—she is so remarkably present that I am constantly inspired by her. Juliette’s passion, her open heart and her honesty make working with her, and knowing her, a gift.” (Ellen Page on co-star Juliette Lewis; Source: blackbookmag.com)
     
  • "We all felt like action heroes! It was tough to be an out-and-out bully, to shove Ellen Page into a locker. I'm very nurturing and embracing of the underdog. But it was pretty f---ing fun!" (Juliette Lewis on the movie; Source: mtv.com)
     
  • "She was so visually prepared. You can talk about scenes and emotion and acting crap all day, but at the end of the day, you have to shoot the shot. She knew what she wanted cinematically." (Juliette Lewis on working with director and actress Drew Barrymore; Source: mtv.com)
     
  • "I know because of Natural Born Killers people think I'm all scary and stuff, but it's really hard for me to be a bully. [...] But we all became bad asses comparing bruises. Drew had one about eight inches long and five inches wide on the hip. I got some hip knots and a scraped chin, but thankfully no busted teeth. Bruises and scrapes are cool; busted teeth, not cool." (Juliette Lewis on filming the movie; Source: people.com)
     
  • “Ellen is amazingly professional. She is one of the most intriguing people that I know. She's a tough nut to crack, and that makes her all the more tantalizing.” (Landon Pigg on working with Ellen Page; Source: iesb.net)
     
  • “She is a bundle of joy. She's one of my best friends. Sometimes, you have friends with whom, when you see each other on a set, you get a natural high. Every time we were on set, we really were able to ignite each other and, hopefully, it comes across. She's great. We've traveled together. We've since been to Amsterdam, London, Paris and all over. She's a good traveling buddy. And, we're writing together.” (Alia Shawkat on working with Ellen Page; Source: iesb.net)
     
  • “Ellen is such a beautiful creature and has a vulnerability and sexiness that is also tomboyish. I was determined to show every aspect of her as Bliss. I didn’t want Bliss to be the cliché of a geek who becomes a badass by the end or the ugly duckling who turns into a swan. Ellen understood that and you watch her transform very subtly. At the beginning, Ellen gives Bliss a pigeon walk and tentative body language, but by the end she has a different physical possession. You watch her grow from a small-town girl into this rock ‘n roll world where she truly fits and flourishes.” (Drew Barrymore on her leading actress Ellen Page; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "I selfishly wanted to play this character who is a bit of a dichotomy: half-hippie, halfchick-with-anger-issues. I kind of identify with that. There is a part of me that is totally laid back and everything is great. Then there’s a part of me that really enjoys action.” (Drew Barrymore on her own character Smashley Simpson; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “We talked about the things that start to change her and that empower her, such as the moment she goes from wanting to tell her mother ‘I love this’ to actually saying it out loud. We both really wanted to get inside not only Bliss’s world. We wanted to capture the levity and the complexity of all these different types of relationships Bliss has. Including friendships, teammate camaraderie and first loves.” (Drew Barrymore on developing the character of Bliss Cavendar with the help of Ellen; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “Ellen trained the longest and the hardest. By the end, she was really able to open up and fly. There’s a moment where Bliss has to jump other girls that have crashed onto the track. At first, we talked about using wires but she trained for that jump month after month after month. When it came down to it, she did it herself, and cleared those girls by two feet. It was insane.” (Drew Barrymore on Ellen's Roller Derby training; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "This has been one of the craziest journeys I’ve gone on in a movie, because it is a mix of different genres and worlds and energies and it seems like every moment is so crucial to Bliss’s growth and development. What’s great about this film is that it’s got this rock n’ roll, cool, sporty aspect to it but behind that is an honest story of a young woman going through a lot of changes. The challenge was molding all that together and Drew did it brilliantly, with her high energy and positive spirit.” (Ellen Page on the wildest ride of her young career; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I am Canadian so I skate. But I wasn’t good by any means, and my skills definitely had to improve. Everyone had faith and trusted that I would train hard and have that moment when it would all come together. [...] I was absolutely terrified. It was like the first day of school. No matter how much I’d practiced, it’s a daunting thing to have people wanting to rip your head off while you’re doing it! But when you get it, it’s such a fantastic feeling.” (Ellen Page on her training with the Derby Dolls in Los Angeles and her own skating skills; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I think sometimes when things are cool or hip it can feel contrived, but there’s something about the derby world that is very sincere and authentic and that is what’s so incredibly exciting to Bliss. Derby is all about passion. Girls who have never played sports before, who were hated in that realm in school, put on the skates and learn how to be empowered women. One of the beautiful things about it is that anybody can become good at it -- if you feel strongly about it.” (Ellen Page on the sport of Roller Derby; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I asked Axels how in the world I was going to be able to do this and she assured me that we would get there. She was so good at breaking it down and explaining every little detail that it all started to come together.” (Ellen Page on her first meeting with trainer Axles of Evil aka Alex Cohen; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “To me, Whip It is a mother-daughter story. It’s also a roller derby story and a sports drama and a romantic comedy but the heart of what goes on is between Bliss and Brooke – the tension between Brooke having a hard time letting her daughter express herself and needing to let go and Bliss needing to go through that journey of figuring out her own identity.” (Marcia Gay Harden on the movie and her role in it; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I love sports movies because I love underdogs going against the odds. With its tough chicks and its rebellious spirit, roller derby is the perfect place for someone to prove her mettle – and Bliss is a great character to have the chance to do that.” (Daniel Stern on the movie; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “Kristen is amazing and I believe will go down in history as one of our most important female comedians. She is both current and timeless, and she perfectly embodies derby femininity. Usually, Kristen does these really broad comic characters but in fact, she’s very collected and has a great carefree quality that I wanted to capture in the movie. There are some wonderful scenes between her and Ellen where she becomes a kind of big sister figure to Bliss. On top of that, she skated amazingly.” (Drew Barrymore on Kristen Wiig; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I think Bliss is in all of us. She’s the adolescence we all had, with that fire and yearning for something more. Then she steps into the roller-derby world and channels that rebellion and energy in such a positive way. For her, it’s like running away and joining the circus. I think we’d all want to do it if we could.” (Juliette Lewis on Ellen's character Bliss Cavendar; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I’ve never been more fit or healthy in my life. I had skated when I was a kid but this training process was awesome. I won’t even pretend that I could play derby for real but we were so proud of our bruises we put up pictures in our trailers.” (Juliette Lewis on her skating skills; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “Eve was perfect for this role, because she is also a woman who, on her own terms, in her own way, has made a beautiful success of herself. She is a cool, tough chick with a sweet softness. And when she began skating, she was so tentative, it was awesome to watch her grow. With determination and nerve, by the third week she was just crashing into everything!” (Drew Barrymore on rapper/actress Eve; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “What I love about this story it is that it brings a coming-of-age drama and a sports movie and a fun comedy together in a great way. And women’s roller derby – how amazing is that? [...] I’m not the most athletic person in the world, so this was a challenge. But I was surrounded by women with so much personality and determination, you just have to embrace it. You can’t be a wuss.” (Eve on the movie and working with her cast; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I hadn’t been on a pair of skates since I was twelve or thirteen. My first two days of training I kept saying ‘why did I agree to do this movie? I’m never going to be good on skates.’ Now I think I’m a bit addicted.” (Eve on her skating skills; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “She surfs, she skates, she rides a motorcycle, she does it all and with total focus and determination. At the same time, she makes it effortless and fun for everyone around her. She was doing cartwheels on roller skates in week two of our training. She is totally the coolest.” (Drew Barrymore on Zoe Bell; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I think many women will identify with these characters’ feelings of not quite knowing where you fit in and that sense of relief when you do find your place. Bliss loves her mom and her best friend, but when you find something you really love in life, there’s a real sense of finding a home you didn’t know you had. It gives me goose bumps just to talk about it!” (Zoe Bell on the characters in the movie; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “Chemistry is so important and when we did the screen test with Alia and Ellen, it was completely there. Alia has great range – she can be serious and funny, an older sister figure to Bliss and a bit of a wisecracker. She has a personal style that you can’t fake.” (Drew Barrymore on casting Alia Shawkat; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “They’re rarely from a girl’s perspective -- and especially not a girl who goes into such a rough and tumble world. The characters in this movie are strong and independent and just as tough and smart as any boy. [...] She’s the friend who allows Bliss to be herself. Yet, their goals are different. Pash might be alternative in her dress and like pop music, but she is also determined to get into an Ivy League college. She loves Bliss but she knows what she wants, and she’s not letting anything get in her way. She’s strong-headed, stubborn and very smart. [...] Pash feels like she’s losing her best friend, the one person in the world she’s connected to. She understands that Bliss needs something to give herself over to, but she is not willing to risk everything for her. Luckily, Ellen and I just had a connection that was really natural and she’s so genuine – she doesn’t say anything without really meaning it – so that made it easy.” (Alia Shawkat on her character Pash and the on-screen relationship with Bliss/Ellen; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I loved this script from the get-go. It seemed like the most fun you could have. Plus, it’s rare to find a movie that has so many strong female roles. The best part for me was the amazing camaraderie. As competitive as derby girls are, they make these incredible friendships.” (Ari Graynor on the script; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “The problem for Razor is that he takes roller derby entirely too seriously. And the girls don’t take him half as seriously as he takes himself and that creates trouble! I really get a kick out of my character - which is described at one point as having been ‘raised by a pack of wild mullets.’ Razor is funny but he’s also very passionate.” (Andrew Wilson on his character Razor; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “It was so much fun being in front of a live audience with an old-fashioned pull-down microphone, calling out the skating action and throwing in some bad jokes. Meeting the real derby girls was also interesting. Each one of them has her idiosyncrasies but they also have great camaraderie. There’s a tight bond and the movie really captures that.” (Jimmy Fallon on working on the movie; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I said, no matter what, I did not want an actor for Oliver; I wanted a real musician because actors and musicians are totally different. I went on a nationwide search for a musician who’d never acted before, who could create a song for the film and really play it in the movie, and that’s how I discovered Landon. I knew immediately he was the one. We worked very closely together and it was one of the best relationships for me in the movie. He brought so many elements to the role and wrote a fantastic song called ‘High Times.’ He possesses something fresh and unique.” (Drew Barrymore on casting a non-actor for Oliver and finding Landon Pigg; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “There’s something just a little off, a tiny bit different about Bliss. She’s quiet yet also strangely more confident than Oliver. There’s a tension there and Oliver is drawn to that. Then, he shows her some of his favorite music, which is a secret code. It says so much and surpasses multiple conversations that might be had. Oliver is in love with her responses and things take off from there. She’s full of contradictions and he just wants to go along for the ride. [...] He might look like the typical band person – he plays the right music, he’s got the hair style, he’s kind of cool -- but he deflates the musician stereotype. He might look like the kind of guy who’s having flings on the road all the time, but actually Oliver doesn’t like to rush into things. He feels like the road of getting to know Bliss is a long one and he’s inspired to take that journey.” (singer-songwriter Landon Pigg on Bliss and his character's on-screen relationship with her; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “When she 15 skates, Ellen always has a look of complete confidence and strength. She’s a scrappy little skater—and I’m hoping we can persuade her that she needs a new career as a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls.” (American radio journalist, Los Angeles Derby Dolls and TXRD Texas Lonestar Rollergirl Alex Cohen on Ellen Page; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “Skating on a banked track is really hard, even if you’re a good skater. You’re skating at an angle while you’re looking out for people who are trying to knock you on your butt. It’s like a three-ring circus going on in your head. Yet every one of our actresses was completely determined and found a skill she could do really well. Each of them has taken serious spills but rather then saying ‘I’m out of here,’ they have gotten right back up and kept skating. And that makes me really, really proud.” (American radio journalist, Los Angeles Derby Dolls and TXRD Texas Lonestar Rollergirl Alex Cohen on the skating skills of the movie cast; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "When I'm given a love scene, I hate acting them out because they're awkward and weird. When they're done well, they're brilliant, but I hate doing them myself. So I thought, 'How can I capture the joy of first love, make it cinematic, make it fluid, pun intended. For those who hate it, I apologize. Anything you love or hate about the movie is absolutely my fault." (Drew Barrymore on shooting love scenes; Source: www.kansascity.com)
     
  • "I'm not really good at teaching music but for one thing me and Ellen sat down at the guitar once and she was like showing me a song she was writing. She knows how to play 'Blackbird' and stuff. But we did a little duet on the piano one day before we were shooting this underwater love scene. Just as they were getting lights ready, and we're playing there's a grand piano in this abandoned yacht club where we're shooting. We're kind of just signing ['Islands in the Stream'] killing time. And that's a good memory of mine." (singer-songwriter Landon Pigg on making music and shooting the underwater love scene with Ellen Page; Source: hollywoodcrush.mtv.com)
     
  • “To embrace who you really are inside - rather than what someone else's vision is for you." Yes, I know, that is dangerously radical.” (Drew Barrymore on the message of her movie; Source: philly.com)

Press comments:

  • "Laced with good-natured hipster kitsch and endearingly goofy girl power, director Drew Barrymore's roller-derby dramedy, "Whip It," is a gas. In her contact-sporting debut feature, Barrymore hams it up as injury-prone skater "Smashley Simpson," but pays equal attention to all players in a lively femme-centered ensemble led by Ellen Page -- who, as blooming wallflower Bliss Cavendar (aka "Babe Ruthless"), finally has a role to match her star-making turn in Juno." (Rob Nelson, Variety)
     
  • “Page, whose derby moniker is Babe Ruthless, is predictably adorable and somehow seems more like a real person than the sometimes cartoonish, overly quippy smart-aleck she memorably played in "Juno." The acting is top notch throughout, again proving the old saw about actors who turn director being particularly attuned to performance. Barrymore and Juliette Lewis are especially delightful, as is "Whip It" across the board.”
    (Peter Brunette, The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • “Although the film is clearly a personal story from first-time screenwriter Shauna Cross, it comes bursting at the seams as an extension of Barrymore's infectiously bubbly personality, overstuffed with hip music, food fights and hard-hitting roller derby footage.” (Stephen Saito, IFC)
     
  • “Page is outstanding as Bliss, proving again she is very likely the finest young actress working in cinema today. She slips effortlessly under the skin of this character and inhabits her in every way, and after meeting Ellen Page a few times, I can safely say that the characters she creates bear no connection to her at all. [...] Whip It is fun to watch, and the girls look they are having a blast on screen, and perhaps that more than anything else is Barrymore’s greatest accomplishment as a director: She made a film people had fun making and that audiences will have fun watching.”
    (John Foote, Screenrant)
     
  • “With the help of ex-derby girl Shauna Cross’ script, Barrymore creates a film that works on a number of levels, delivering to a number of audiences. There’s solid action and laughs, solid parents (perfectly played by Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern) for the older set, funky music, and best of all - a really great message for young girls. It serves up real and diverse women without making the message too saccharine, and excellent, modern life lessons are relayed without falling to the depths of preachy despair.” (Monika Bartyzel, Collider)
     
  • “Overall I was impressed with Whip It and I enjoyed it. Barrymore isn't a strong point (in front of or behind the camera), but Ellen Page and her sidekick Pash (played by Alia Shawkat) are, along with the derby girls, including Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, and Juliette Lewis.” (Alex Billington, FirstShowing)
     
  • “Whip It may not be as important as some of the other films I've seen so far at Toronto -- sure isn't isn't exploring the roots of Nazi Germany, how people handle death, or the problems of capitalism. But this isn't just pure popcorn either -- it has an empowering message for girls -- for many it may well be the most important movie for them. But for me it means the discovery of a new talent -- director Drew Barrymore, and I can't wait to see more.” (Copernicus, Ain't It Cool)
     
  • “Page, whose derby nickname is Babe Ruthless, is able to maintain a real person throughout the film, and she exhibits inner strength in her performance. She really shines in this role.” (Pete Misiak, WXYZ-TV)
     
  • “Ellen Page cements herself as a lifelong actress if she so chooses, and Drew Barrymore cements herself as a triple-threat (acting, producing, and directing). This is the most promising directorial debut by a famous actor since Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone two years ago. The film looks great, it's exceptionally well-acted by a large game cast, and the screenplay by Shauna Cross (a real-life roller derby player in LA) is filled with smart dialogue and genuine wit. Whip It is a just-plain great movie.” (Scott Mendelson, The Huffington Post)
     
  • “Ellen Page is the main reason to watch “Whip It”. At the age of 22, she already has three standout roles on her resume in “Hard Candy”, “Juno” and now “Whip It”. Page gives Bliss the right amount of vulnerability and toughness. You may not still believe her as a roller derby girl, but she is going to try her hardest to convince you otherwise.” (Eric Sloss, Movie Jungle)
     
  • “Barrymore’s “Whip It” has some serious attitude, and it’s the film’s ruthless energy that makes it work. Don’t expect any big surprises here, but roll into this with light expectations and you may enjoy the ride. Kudos again to Ellen Page, who delivers the goods every time she’s on the big screen. It’s all her folks!” (Franck Tabouring, Screening Log)
     
  • “The film’s big winner though is Page. The actress showed chops in the surprise hit “Juno” but when freed of the too smart for its own good dialogue of that film, she really shines. She flutters from sarcasm to a river of emotion without any trouble at all. Page will undoubtedly rise above the likes of coming of age sports comedies, which has to lead to a career as one of Hollywood’s best actresses.” (Luke McCormick, Daily Egyptian)

Information by Mandate Pictures:

Drew Barrymore will direct Ellen Page in Whip It – a comedy set in the raucous world of roller derby. The movie was written by L.A.-based derby star Shauna Cross (aka Maggie Mayhem) and is being produced by two-time Oscar nominated producer Barry Mendel as well as Barrymore’s Flower Films for Mandate Pictures, the company behind the current Ellen Page hit, Juno. Shooting begins in Austin this summer. The ensemble cast will be put together by casting directors Kim Davis and Justine Baddelly (Adaptation, Where The Wild Things Are); Dylan Tichenor (Boogie Nights, The Royal Tenenbaums) will edit. Whip It will be executive produced by Peter Douglas, Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith along with Mandate’s Nathan Kahane. Nicole Brown and Mary Lee will be overseeing the project for Mandate.

Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a girl stuck in a dead-end town outside of Austin, who sneaks off to skate in the big-time Austin derby league. "I really admire how Drew constantly challenges herself as an artist," said Page. "She's proven herself as an actress and a producer, and I have no doubt she'll bring great vision and creativity to the director's chair. I can't wait to kick ass on wheels!” Barrymore added, “I’ve been working towards the goal of directing my entire life. Whip It is a story that really spoke to me, I feel like the heart and soul as well as the message is very true to me and yet it still has aspects that will challenge me. I couldn’t be more honored to work with the phenomenal Ellen Page, she’s so incredibly unique, it’s a privilege to get in the ring with her.” Mendel says, "I’ve tended to work with directors in the early stages of their career, and I can already tell Drew is going to be a terrific one. She’s inspired, knowledgeable and like the best, pouring herself heart and soul into it." “I have long admired Drew’s comedic sensibility, and her films have proven to hold tremendous appeal, largely due to her cachet as an actor and her sharp instincts as a producer,” stated Kahane. “We are thrilled to work with such an amazingly talented team. It is a rarity to have such a strong character driven coming of age story that also works as a jubilant sports comedy.” Page can currently be seen in Jason Reitman’s critically acclaimed Juno, for which she has received numerous accolades. This includes nominations for many awards, including the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards. She will next be seen in Noam Murro’s Smart People, opposite Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church. She is repped by WMA and Kish Iqbal at Gary Goddard Agency.

Mendel has produced some of the groundbreaking films of the last decade including Rushmore, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Serenity and Munich. Most recently, Mendel re-united with Shyamalan for 20th Century Fox’s The Happening starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo. Flower Films, founded by Barrymore and Juvonen in 1995, has produced a number of hit films over the past decade including Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Donnie Darko and Fifty First Dates. Flower Films will next release the highly anticipated comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You, due to hit theaters in 2008.


Release Dates:
 

Country

Date

Festival / Event / Location / Comment

Website

Canada

September 2009

34th Toronto Film Festival

tiff09.ca

USA

2nd October 2009

Theatrical wide release

 

USA

2nd October 2009

6th Annual HATCHfest

hatchfest.org

Australia

8th October 2009

 

 

Vietnam

30th October 2009

 

 

Israel

19th November 2009

 

 

Sweden

19th-22nd November 2009

Stockholm Film Festival, Sture 1 Theatre

stockholmfilmfestival.se

Norway

25th-26th November 2009

Oslo International Film Festival, Eldorado 5

oslofilmfestival.com

Slovenia

3rd December 2009

 

 

Czech Republic

17th December 2009

 

 

Bulgaria

1st January 2010

Theatrical release

 

France

6th January 2010

 

 

Singapore

14th January 2010

 

 

Norway

15th January 2010

Theatrical release

 

Taiwan

22nd January 2010

 

 

USA

26th January 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Finland

5th February 2010

Theatrical release

 

Switzerland

10th February 2010

French speaking region

pathefilms.ch

Kazakhstan

18th February 2010

 

 

South Korea

18th February 2010

 

 

Russia

18th February 2010

 

 

Hungary

25th February 2010

 

 

United Kingdom

4th-12th March 2010

Birds Eye View Film Festival

birds-eye-view.co.uk

Switzerland

11th March 2010

German speaking region

pathefilms.ch

Singapore

25th March 2010

 

 

United Kingdom

7th April 2010

 

 

Mexico

9th April 2010

DVD release

 

Brazil

14th April 2010

DVD release

 

Denmark

11th May 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Japan

22nd May 2010

 

 

Finland

26th May 2010

 

 

United Kingdom

16th August 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Germany

1st September 2011

Theatrical release

 

Germany

4th January 2012

DVD / Blu-ray release (Rental)

 

Germany

3rd February 2012

DVD / Blu-ray release (Retail)

 

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