Whip It

Synopsis: In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type: she's shy, quiet, and has just one friend, Pash, her fellow waitress at a diner. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast, and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about a first crush, on a musician she meets at the derby. Meanwhile, mom still sees Bliss as Miss Bluebonnet. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up?
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Drew Barrymore
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Five minutes, my little lambs.

Has anyone seen Bliss Cavendar?

Pash, this can't be happening.

Why aren't you backstage, Brooke?

You know how it is.

They get to a certain age,

they don't want you back there.

She said she'll meet me here.

Really? That's odd.

Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.

It says "temporary. "

lt did a minute ago, I swear.

My mom is gonna kill me.



Now, Miss Amber Black.

If I could have dinner with

anyone, it would have to be God.

Because what they say

is true. God is great.


Don't tell them that I did it, okay?

Those are the rules,

you're not allowed to tell.


Let go. I'm your only friend.

Corbi Booth, ladies and gentlemen.

If I could have dinner with anyone,

it would have to be my grandfather.

l love you, Papa.


And now, also from Bodeen,

Miss Bliss Cavendar.



If I could have dinner with anyone,

it would be Amelia Earhart,

because not only was she

a pioneer of aviation,

but she was a great woman in history.

Thank you.



So enlighten me. What was

that little stunt all about?

Are you trying to sabotage your chances?

Or was it just your biological urge to

make your mother look like a jackass?

lt was just a dare.

Oh. How did that work out for you?

Not so great?


Congratulations, honey. Well-deserved.

Thank you. Thumbs way up.

Thank you, Mrs. Cavendar.

Bliss is so hard to beat. Usually.

Well, the Blue Bonnet pageant

is right around the corner.

And we'll be there. Come on, honey.

Oh. See you later. See you.

I'm sorry that these pageants

don't live up to your high

moral standards, Bliss,

but there's a lot you

can learn from them,

no matter what you go on to be in life.

You think you're being

judged up there on that stage,

but no one's asking

you to be Miss America.

I wanna be Miss America.

And you're gonna be the

best one ever, sweetheart.



Trudy, bless your

heart for fitting us in.

Well, hell. Sh*t happens.

Let me get my foils.

Now, what were you

thinking, getting blue hair?


drive in the red zone.

They have now given up nine touchdowns

and three field goals. We'll

see how this one ends up.

He's only had one

takeaway in the red zone.



I won another one.

Lord, child, you are unstoppable.

And had I known what you were up

to, I would have bought a ticket.


I mean, dang it, girl,

what has gotten into you?

Just defective, I guess.

Nice parenting, Earl.

Come on, now.

Ooh, I'll see you later.



Seriously, out of all the

places to go to in the world.

who would come to Bodeen?

Them. I mean, they're smart,

at least they just pass through.

Go ahead and mock it.

But without the Blue Bonnet

factory, this town wouldn't exist.

You know what, Birdman,

I think I preferred you

before you got promoted.

You know, now you're all corporate.

l know. I miss the old Birdman. Yeah.

Ladies, don't let the tie

fool you. I'm still one of us.

But y'all are gonna have to

start calling me Dwayne now.

It's more dignified. No.

Birdman is the only thing

you have going for you.


That's what you think.




Make sure they tip you this time.

Hey, what can I get you guys?

Hey, Corbi.

So what are you, like, alternative now?

Alternative to what?

What's the name of that thing that

if I eat it real fast, it's free?

That's the Squealer. You have to

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Shauna Cross

Shauna Cross is an American screenwriter, novelist and former roller derby athlete. She skated for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls under the pseudonym "Maggie Mayhem", and subsequently wrote the 2007 novel Derby Girl, a fictionalized version of her experiences in the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls league. In 2009, she wrote a film adaption of the novel, Whip It, which was directed by Drew Barrymore and released in 2009. She was named one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2008. more…

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