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Whip It

2009
Comedy
Drama
1h 51m
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
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Whip It

2009
Comedy
Drama
1h 51m
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Rated 26 Sep 2009
80
72nd
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a cute and flashily-packaged foray into the teenage female pysche. Although seemingly targeted at a much younger audience, the camerawork, use of music, and performances are excellent across the board, including stand-out jobs by Page and Wiig. If this is indicative of the kind of aesthetic that Barrymore can bring to her future films, then it stands as an excellent first effort.
Rated 05 Feb 2018
60
65th
The movie about roller derby that you never knew you wanted until you knew you wanted it, at which point you watched it. Was entertained until the end of the movie where I realized that they weren't going to use Devo's seminal masterpiece even once. -1,000,000 points.
Rated 23 Apr 2010
60
40th
Considering it is Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, it's actually surprisingly watchable and kinda fun to be honest. It definitely exceeded my expectations. Still, the film suffers from poor character development and a not so engaging storyline that veers too much towards predictable territories. Well, Page's and Harden's acting skills can only do so much.
Rated 16 Feb 2010
3
26th
Bit of a nothing movie. Actually thought it would have its moments but slowly my attention started to drift off. Ellen Page's story arc with her parents is painfully predictable and I just wished the time was better used on something else. A few interesting characters is all "Whip It" had going for it in the end.
Rated 26 Oct 2009
78
73rd
The script is thin and straight-forward, but Barrymore manages to make this a far more endearing and entertaining film than it should be. The cast is uniformly strong, with a number of great performances coming from surprising places -- most notably Daniel Stern who plays the best Movie Dad I've seen in quite some time. Page is 100% believable, and Wiig and Bell deserve mention as well. Entirely predictable, but it's a raucous and fun film that feels authentic. "We deserve better villains."
Rated 24 Jan 2010
75
44th
For a film that relies so heavily on common storytelling tropes it manages to make them reasonably fresh and fun. The mother daughter conflict can be seen a mile away but, to the film's credit, it's not overplayed and the roller derby action is fun.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
65
71st
Girl power movie for the hipster teen girls. Although I don't fall into demographics, I found the movie very enjoyable. Ellen Page as always is pleasant to look at, soundtrack is cute and well picked. It must be noted, that this film proves that it's possible to remove pantyhose while swimming underwater. Entertaining, fun, but forgettable flick.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
75
35th
A fun mix of the usual sports/coming-of-age movie conventions with a punk-esque aesthetic and Daniel Johnston references and such. Ellen Page is, as usual, brilliant. You can tell Barrymore is enjoying her directorial debut; overall, it's a very fun watch even if it isn't going to go down in history.
Rated 21 Mar 2010
70
79th
A supercharged girl-power/coming of age film that strays from the usual marks. Barrymore does a superb job empowering the women in her film without emasculating men or portraying the Y chromosome as barbaric. I had a good time with this flick. It was easy entertainment and its messages weren't crammed into our faces. It did go a little Hollywood towards the end with the inevitable "everything's going wrong all at once" shtick, but I had so much fun I mostly ignored it.
Rated 12 Mar 2010
77
40th
A pretty enjoyable directorial debut for Drew Barrymore. The characters are interesting, the drama between mother and daughter compelling and well executed, and the sport is an unconventional one. On a side note, I approve of the use of The Breeders on the soundtrack.
Rated 24 Nov 2012
50
7th
Page's performance is solid, but I can't say the same of the most of the rest of the roller derby crew. The sountrack, while enjoyable, is a crutch that's overused. The story is completely derivative and predictable and the derby scenes are boring. Most of the small amount of humor in this should be excised as it's silly and out of place. Too much is stuffed into this (including an useless romance) so the pacing is really atrocious, with conflicts spontaneously arising and magically resolving.
Rated 06 Aug 2012
40
25th
The awesome nicknames makes up for a by the book film which we have seen a thousand times before (but now with skates). Has more continuity fuck ups in the skate scenes than you can count and I still quite dont get the rules...
Rated 08 Jul 2012
69
58th
I quite enjoyed this quite girly, cute movie. Unfortunately nothing really stands out but oh God, Ellen Page wearing glasses and looking so great and cute all the time. There must be a God
Rated 09 Feb 2010
82
77th
i liked it. Rewatch: Flipping through the channels reveals that Ellen Page buys only 1 boot in the beginning of this movie. Does she only have one foot?
Rated 02 Feb 2010
70
47th
Another Ellen Page showcase that is honestly just Juno with rollerskating. Older audiences might shrug this one off as forgettable, but I say keep it coming. Ellen Page is one of the most charming and talented young actress' around, and her ceiling is still far far away.
Rated 08 Oct 2009
50
4th
This being her directorial debut being used as a selling point, it's worth noting that Barrymore's skills as such never rises even slightly above competent. Steeped in the overly sweet form of girl power she seems 2 embody, u never once worry 4 the female lead -even angry brawls happen in a food-fight atmosphere. And "Female Lead" should b her name since Page plays one of the most cliched heroines ever put on screen. Any1 over 12 or w/ a Y chromosome best steer clear of this snooze fest.
Rated 17 Oct 2009
85
52nd
Straightforward coming-of-age/sports/finding yourself movie. The script hits all the beats, but always managed to stop short of schmaltz. The comparisons to ROCKY were pretty apt, in the best way.
Rated 11 Nov 2009
0
12th
Petite, apathetic Page finds a new calling -- as "Babe Ruthless" -- in the rough-and-tumble of Austin roller derby. Barrymore, who plays a minor supporting part, takes to the director's chair, a bully pulpit from which to spread the gospel of cuteness: a feeble feminist fable, all sugar, no spice, with nice photography by Robert Yeoman but unexciting, unconvincing sports action.
Rated 24 Oct 2009
81
68th
There is perhaps nothing more endearing about Barrymore's directorial debut than its delighted conviction in the value of sisterhood. It's immersed in the concept without any hint whatsoever that it might be something that needs to be at all justified. The inherent reward of such bonding is self-evident. It's the film's greatest strength, but it also holds it back. Nice as it may be as a philosophy, it drains away some of the drama. Page is terrific, giving her role a deeply felt authenticity.
Rated 02 Jan 2010
65
45th
a fun movie
Rated 18 Oct 2009
3
38th
It doesn't escape a lot of trappings of the sports movie genre and the rebellious teenager/coming-of-age prototypes but it's such a fun film, with a damn fine lead performance and very memorable characters (it was great seeing Stern again), that it's ultimately not a big deal. Some of the hipsterish elements can grate but overall they're not a big detraction from the film's quality. Ultimately, it was just a really enjoyable ride. Ellen Page is as likable as any actress working today.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
80
79th
The plot is pretty generic and you can see every main beat coming, but the characters are well written and played. While overall it's generic there are interesting twist beats, but lets face it that's pretty much all you can have with a sports movie at this point. The love story is what actually lets this down, it sucks life from the film and the guys band are ARSE. Fallon also fails quite badly. Good fun, well worth a watch, but not perfect.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
85
91st
+ highly recommended :: feel-good movie
Rated 11 Jan 2022
68
58th
Konusunu okuduğunuzda zerre ilgi ve görmek içinse istek duymadığınız ancak ezkaza izleyince de sürpriz bir şekilde büyülendiğiniz filmler olur ya, işte bu da onlardan. Öyle unutulmaz bir klasik değil ancak iyi yazılmış karakterler ve diyaloglar olduğu müddetçe çok daha fazlasına ihtiyaç olmadığının kanıtı sıcak bir film.
Rated 07 Mar 2011
68
32nd
By the numbers coming of age story. Too many underdeveloped side-characters and their side plots bog the film down.
Rated 08 Dec 2012
73
39th
A somewhat feminist account of the melodramatic sports comedy. Barrymore makes roller derby seem intriguing with an underground grittiness and charm, perhaps even more exciting than it really is with its indie chic aesthetic. Page plays a refreshing reversal of her usual roles with Bliss Cavendar, an innocent teenage girl that yearns for some excitement in the form of a marginally cool sport that she excels at. I don't particularly care for the genre but I'll watch anything with Page in it.
Rated 03 Jun 2011
88
76th
I really wanted to hate this, just to prove everyone wrong, but despite her Juno-tastic performance, Ellen Page nailed it, and Barrymore started her directing career with a bang. A sexy, fun, fem-dom bang.
Rated 19 Oct 2012
50
37th
I watched this movie with prejudice thinking it was going to be a complete disaster but with Ellen and Zoe in it I had to watch it. I was gratefully surprised, it's not a 7th art masterpiece, but is an entertaining chick flix, with good performers (not their best performances) and a fun plot with Ellen and Zoe in it. I don't think that Drew was overambitious in her first movie and that really paid off, it feels like an honest movie.
Rated 04 Aug 2012
80
72nd
moving and hillarious. great soundtrack and performances. good plot, but not complex.
Rated 18 Jul 2012
82
80th
Paige somehow isn't crushed like a bird. Breathlessly enthusiastic film.
Rated 13 Apr 2012
64
22nd
You really want to enjoy this the whole way through, but the awful direction and script make that nearly impossible.
Rated 14 Jun 2011
70
63rd
Girly comedy/drama about a teenager who runs away from her beauty pageant mother to join a roller derby league. Plenty of laughs, babes bashing each others brains in and sassy verbal sparring sessions, there's also a whole lot of family melodrama added in. It's all well acted but I could've used less of it in favor of more roller chick action...as it is, it feels like a whole lot of pertinent derby stuff was edited for time.
Rated 02 Sep 2011
81
80th
Enjoyable fun... doesn't deviate too much from the usual sports movie and teen coming-of-age generica, but roller derby makes a refreshing change from football movies, and most importantly, the characters are there too. Ellen Page did great and all the supporting cast pulled their weight too. Wiig, Wilson, Shawkat, Stern all gain some more screen cred. And Austin was nicely represented by a Juno-esque alternative vibe in the story which kept it away from bubblegum mainstream territory. Good mix.
Rated 12 Mar 2012
83
42nd
I went in expecting a different kind of movie, but I still really liked it for the most part. The cast is excellent and hilarious. The book was mostly written for girls (I think) so I'm surprised and glad this turned out to be something that both guys and gals could laugh at and enjoy. It's not cliched or anything, it's just good.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
79
77th
This is a good first film by Drew Barrymore. Ellen Page is good in the lead role. I think the romantic subplot was not needed but overall I enjoyed this film.
Rated 07 Dec 2011
82
71st
Enjoyable and heartfelt, with good performances all around, particularly from Page, Wiig, & Stern. It's a nice coming of age movie, and unlike a lot of sports-themed movies, has a better message than "winning is everything."
Rated 10 Nov 2011
61
57th
Girl power! The lovely Ellen Page! Roller skates! Woohoo!
Rated 14 Nov 2011
3
59th
The actual roller derbying was way more fun than I thought it would be. I definitely enjoyed myself watching this. I'd pair it with popcorn in a lazy afternoon.
Rated 21 Aug 2015
1
17th
Very well intentioned, but it fails at a) selling roller derby as something to care about b) involving viewers in the dramatic conflict c) landing a single joke. Oppressive musical cues get tiring after a while as well.
Rated 25 Sep 2009
59
43rd
Inoffensive and simple, but definitely for the young female demographic.
Rated 20 Sep 2020
85
57th
Fun film that's been sitting on my to-watch list for almost a decade. It evokes a nostalgia for simpler movies made in simpler times. Entertaining with light emotional touches keep the stakes low.
Rated 11 Apr 2020
75
85th
This was a fun little movie full of fun characters, well most of them are anyway. As others have stated the romantic subplot was completely unneeded and I felt at least took away from the roller derby scenes. More roller derby less bullshit doomed romance. Ellen Page is decent in her role but the film works mainly due to all the great side characters.
Rated 28 Jan 2018
99
98th
Loved every second of this film
Rated 04 Nov 2017
96
65th
Two thumbs up for this film. It was all the mix of drama and comedy you could ask for in a movie. With Ellen Page on the lead and other great actors on the ensemble such as Kristen Wiig, Julliette Lewis, and Drew Barrymore. Oh and by the way, this is a "you go, girl!" kind of film. But I really think this is something for the general audience, especially those little girls who hasn't known their inner "Babe Ruthless" Recommending this, definitely.
Rated 10 Sep 2016
98
92nd
A hilarious and worthwile film, staring the incredible Ellen Page. Watch it!
Rated 31 Jul 2016
85
53rd
Oddly liked it when I didn't expect to.
Rated 01 Jan 2016
73
32nd
Somewhere in this conventional plot line was a message about finding ones true self and growing into the person you want to despite all the naysayers trying to hold you back. The comedy missed on almost every level and yet somehow the film was still entertaining enough to keep my interest. It just seemed to focused on rebellion and not enough about personal growth and growing up quickly. Ellen Page is always believable in a role like this which is probably the biggest reason this film was decent
Rated 07 Sep 2015
75
22nd
Whip it, good? Had a convenient ending instead of a real life one, disappointed after that because up until then, it felt pretty realistic. Wouldn't consider Page's character a hero though. Just an impulsive teen who's bored with her suburban life and ignores all the mistakes her older teammates made. That part was believable. Everyone was great in this. Fun food fight.
Rated 16 Dec 2012
70
70th
Cute story about a young girl dragged around to beauty pageants and finding she prefers to participate in the roller derby. Ellen Page is very cute as the youngest member of the team, hiding from her parents and eventually having to come clean about it. Some cute moments with a dynamite cast of young ladies. The story is a bit shallow, but still fun to watch.
Rated 08 Mar 2015
65
74th
It's Bring it On / Baseketball all over again. That is not a bad thing.
Rated 10 Jul 2014
70
41st
Very likeable, fun, entertaining movie that spends way too much time on an insipid, painfully lame romance subplot that almost brings the whole thing to a screeching halt. I tried to pretend it was a slow build to Page realising she's gay, but that gross, creepy musician made it very difficult. Barrymore does surprisingly well otherwise (in that it doesn't feel like a movie made by an actor), although she needs to learn that there's more to soundtracking than just putting your iPod on shuffle.
Rated 07 Jan 2014
90
57th
I really liked this movie. I thought it was very empowering for women. I liked the insight into a sport that is not very popular. The acting was sub par for who was in it.
Rated 24 Nov 2013
60
32nd
One of those movies where the story arc is "girl becomes good at something, then everything goes tits up ( boyfriend, parents, best friend), but in the end everything is OK and everyone learns something". You have seen it a million times before, know exactly what is going to happen, but rarely will you have seen it with this much charm. Page is really endearing, and Barrymore's direction is competent. Don't bother hunting it down, but if you bump into it, just enjoy it for what it is .. Good fun
Rated 22 Sep 2013
74
52nd
A standard sports movie with a very predictable plot progression - which makes the good performances, style, subject matter and sense of fun all the more enjoyable. It's got a very good cast, and I wish the film was a lot longer - every character has a few good lines and very quickly sets up their position in the narrative but I wish we had more time to spend with them. The derby scenes are exciting and choreographed well, and the depiction of small-town America isn't exaggerated, and feels real
Rated 04 Aug 2013
2
46th
Oestrogen-fuelled sports dramedy. Bit bland and should've cut the go-nowhere romance 'cos it was tooo long.
Rated 23 Jul 2013
72
55th
Formulaic but fun sports movie, with all the cast, especially Ellen Page, wringing as much out of their characters as possible within the confines of a quick story. It would've been nice to have more development of the other Hurl Scouts, the love story felt weak and shoehorned in, and it lacked a really killer montage (absolutely necessary to be a great sports movie) but I enjoyed it none-the-less.
Rated 14 Jul 2013
49
17th
I now know what roller derby is. This movie isn't bad, I simply don't fall into the target demographic of 8-12 year old girls. In spite of that, it was a good effort for Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, it had its moments and I almost enjoyed watching it.
Rated 06 Jun 2013
80
77th
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Rated 18 Jan 2010
65
58th
The directing of Drew Barrymore was solid and I must say Alia Shawkat with freckles was steaming hot. The story was unfortunately not that interesting. I liked the ending though; it was not as bad as I was afraid of.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
40
26th
I wasn't blown away, but liked it more than I thought it would.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
12
2nd
One of the most utterly boring and predictable movies I've ever seen.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
90
81st
Nice showcase for the Texas roller derby and the directing work of Drew Barrymore that left me wanting more of her work.
Rated 28 Feb 2010
90
85th
This movie is very good, despite the fact that Drew Barrymore is the most annoying actress on the planet. She's uniformly awful, but I expected nothing else. On the other hand, Ellen Page is always great, and this is probably the best I've seen of her.
Rated 21 Feb 2010
80
54th
Sort of slow, pretty boring. Overall it's not a terrible movie to see if you have to.
Rated 15 Feb 2010
85
79th
Feelgood roller derby fun for all the family.
Rated 12 Feb 2010
62
46th
Actually not that hot but it is all ways nice to watch Ellen.
Rated 07 Feb 2010
70
41st
It's fun. Pretty forgettable but not a waste of time or anything. Ellen Page is always adorable. It has some heart in it, the roller derby scenes are entertaining. Watch once.
Rated 18 Jan 2010
72
68th
Cute feel-good movie, and I wondered what had happened to Daniel Stern.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
70
64th
Ellen Page surpasses her Juno character as the rebellious Bliss Cavendar, who feels trapped in a small town and finds her outlet with a group of rebellious roller-derbiers. This is a fun movie with a pleasantly three-dimensional cast. Drew Barrymore makes an excellent directorial debut.
Rated 11 Jan 2010
60
46th
It's a okay movie. Try to be a different sport movie, but can not get out much of the common. But it is not a boring movie, is not great either. Missing something to be better, perhaps best characters, none is very unforgettable, even Ellen Page. You can watch, without problems, without expecting much from him.
Rated 03 Jan 2010
60
33rd
I'm clearly not the demographic.
Rated 02 Jan 2010
2
16th
Thoroughly forgettable.
Rated 11 Dec 2009
61
41st
Not even Ellen Page can ruin Drew Barrymore's directorial debut.
Rated 28 Nov 2009
71
60th
This coming-of-age story might not be unique but is dipped in the delicious roller derby culture where girls rule. And not only did Barrymore craft an engaging female-power action comedy for her directorial debut, but she also dons some skates as tough chick Smashley Simpson--a particular treat is seeing her and Page do much of their own skating.
Rated 24 Oct 2009
62
56th
This is an enjoyable little flick, but don't go expecting 100% roller derby fun. The roller derby is merely a backdrop of a coming-of-age type of movie. What do you expect--it IS an Ellen Page movie. Wish there had been more roller derby action and less typical mother wants-me-to-be-this- but-I-want-to-be-that crap. Nevertheless, I do recommend the movie. . . , BUT wait for dvd.
Rated 14 Oct 2009
75
11th
Ultimately spends too much time on the "small-town misery" aspect, not nearly enough on the entertaining roller derby action and characters related to it.
Rated 05 Oct 2009
70
54th
A chick flick about chicks on testosterone. Couldn't believe they didn't use the song, at least I never heard it.
Rated 01 Oct 2009
78
83rd
A fun, interesting look into a rarely-accessed world with a spot-on cast.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
54
36th
Mehr.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
40
12th
Ellen Page is really awful. And she's the lead in this poorly-written coming-of-age sports movie. Well, the roller derby scenes are a lot of fun. I suppose it could have been much more of a trainwreck from Drew Barrymore's point of view.
Rated 05 Nov 2010
83
71st
I liked this movie way more then I thought I would.
Rated 04 Nov 2010
53
68th
#10#, reviews, story.
Rated 02 Nov 2010
69
51st
Carried by the honesty of the relationships and the female chemistry it got seriously bogged down by the obligatory romance storyline (although I liked how it concluded.) A nice light/fun touch by miss Barrymore.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
15
21st
"There's a lot of underlying potential here, but there seems to have been no one around to whip it into shape." - Ryan Stewart
Rated 16 Oct 2010
75
54th
Starts a bit slow and is sort of predictable, but the roller skate action is pretty good.
Rated 04 Oct 2010
65
26th
I really liked the game and the ambiance of the movie, however the movie is slow and the story is ordinary. If you see it, you won't regret it but it's not a must.
Rated 04 Oct 2010
72
57th
It really isn't great except for just how much Drew Barrymore and the cast get out of a relatively straightforward tale.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
67
57th
Not bad, I was surprised.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
40
23rd
If you cut out all of the clichés or time spent watching Bliss and Oliver frolic in the water/wheat/air, 'Whip It' would clock in around 20 minutes. It's a pretty harmless picture, but it has nothing to say that hasn't been said before. It makes no effort to throw you a curve ball. Not to mention, had Bliss just been forthright, the movie may have ended a little sooner. There wasn't even a really good motive to lie about how she spends her nights, until she's forced to back up that original lie.
Rated 28 Aug 2010
3
0th
Whip It was Drew Barrymore's first movie that she produced and directed and in my eyes was her first failure. She attempted to make a movie that portrayed early womanhood and the struggles that are associated. Instead she showed a sport that doesn't even exist and that isn't the least bit interesting. It was something that no one could relate which overshadowed her attempted message of the movie.
Rated 02 Aug 2010
70
14th
Not a bad job by first-timer Barrymore directing an extremely forgettable script. If any these girls except for Juliette Lewis looked like they could really kick ass, or if Jimmy Fallon had the slightest gift for improvisation, then perhaps I could recommend it, but . . . As usual, Marcia Gay Harden does the very best she can.
Rated 31 Jul 2010
70
31st
Not bad. Some funny moments, but halfway through the movie I just wanted it to end already. A bit too long for what it turned out to be.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
90
73rd
90. And that is for the style. And for Page.
Rated 24 Jun 2010
69
78th
Revisited (2)
Rated 21 Jun 2010
60
41st
Really good Page's acting and quite fulfilling Barrymore's directorial debut. Nothing mind blowing. Particularly for young audiences.
Rated 11 Jun 2010
71
51st
Barrymore clearly tryed to make a "bad ass" version of Bring It On (I mean, even the name, "Whip it", what a copy cat) and did an ok job at it. Still, the movie lacks originality and owes all of it's charm to the lovely Ellen Page.
Rated 03 Jun 2010
70
72nd
Predictable and slightly long considering the simple plot, Whip It is nevertheless not without its charms, due mostly to Ellen Page and a solid group of smaller performances from Jimmy Fallon to Andrew Wilson to Kristen Wiig. Fun movie.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
83
59th
I enjoyed this alot more than I should have.

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