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Whip It [DVD]

Ellen Page , Drew Barrymore , Drew Barrymore    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Zoe Bell, Marcia Gay Harden
  • Directors: Drew Barrymore
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PHJL5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Drew Barrymore's debut directorial feature is a coming-of-age comedy drama starring Ellen Page. Bliss Cavendar (Page) is a high school girl growing up in a small nowhere town in Texas. Forced into the indignities of the beauty pageant circuit by her stage mum Brooke (Marcia Gay Harden), she rebels by enrolling in the Roller Derby. Re-inventing herself as Babe Ruthless, Bliss makes it onto the team after lying about her age. There she bonds with her newfound family of roller derby girls, experiences her first love with the lead singer of an indie rock band, and finally manages to escape the beauty pageant and pursue her dream of becoming a Roller Derby star.

Synopsis

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of an ex-beauty pageant contestant named Bliss (played by Juno's Ellen Page) who leaves her crowns behind after joining a roller-derby team. While her mother would prefer that Bliss unlace her skates and step back before the judges, the rebellious teen instead seeks the wisdom of rowdy mentor Malice in Wonderland (Kristen Wiig) in learning the tricks of the circuit track.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly wonderful film. 28 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
I wanted to see this as I've just learned to skate, not actually giving much thought to the plot. However it was fantastic! My partner and I grinned throughout (almost - you'll understand where not when you see it) and I am grinning still. A film about girls made by women for everyone! Hurrah. It's funny, empowering, warm hearted and feels like real life. The teenage clash with parents happens, but they are not so bad, just parents, there is a great love story, best friend relationship, and loads of really cool roller derby, which involves women zooming round on roller skates and bashing each other out of the way. All teenage girls should see this and so should everyone else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whip It 3 Jan 2011
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed `Whip It'. I was expecting a fairly innocuous comedy film, but this is laugh out loud funny, a feel good film that is also kind of endearing and it has a kick ass soundtrack, not bad for Barrymore's directional debut.

Bliss is a seventeen year old girl who lives in a quiet Texan town, she works at a local diner, she likes rock music and her mum encourages her to enter beauty pageants. Then everything gets turned upside down when she finds and joins a roller derby team and a love interest in the guise of a guitarist in a local band. Before long she is breaking out of her shell, as well as breaking some heads as she whips her way round the derby ring. She finds an alternative, outlandish family in her team mates and has to balance her mums aspirations for her and her own dreams in life.

Ellen Page is excellent as Bliss and all of her team mates are superb as alternative, fun loving girls with heart. Barrymore is hilarious in the side role she plays, as is the feisty Juliette Lewis and all of the `stage names' the girls take on will crack you up. The crashes and bashes on the track will make you laugh and wince in equal measures. You'll come away from this with a warm glow and feeling good and will have had some real solid laughs throughout, what more can you ask for.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars untimate alternative feel good movie 28 April 2010
Format:DVD
This is one of the most amazing girls feel good movies of all time, the cast, characters, music everything is so fun and feel good, no real girlyness its all alternative fun, is really fun and touching and I dare you to not watch with a smaile on your face this movie deserves so much more credit and air play anyone who is tired of the old girly chick flicks will love this very refreshing that you will want to watch time and time again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Only Film About Female Roller Derby You Need 30 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Sports films have been around for years and the big hitters are pretty much covered; boxing - done, athletics - done, baseketball - done. It's up to the modern film maker to scrape the sport barrel dry and look for the one or two pastimes that are stuck to the sticky yeasty bit at the bottom. How about female roller derby, is that obscure enough for you?

Bliss is a small town girl with large town aspirations. Her hopes come in the form of the all-female roller derby that meets regularly in the city nearby. `Whip It' is a coming of age story about growing apart from your family and making something of yourself - even if that something happens to wear roller skates and spends time knocking people over. As the film directional debut of Hollywood veteran Drew Barrymore (she may only be 36, but she has been working most of her life), her quirky sense of humour and interesting take on life is apparent on the screen. `Whip It' is a coming of age story told through the prism of films such as `Donnie Darko' or `The Royal Tenenbaums'. It has a dark nature to its humour, but is actually very sweet.

One of the best things about `Whip It' is the stellar female performances. This is a female ensemble piece and the likes of Ellen Page shine. Kirsten Wiig is also excellent and shows why she has gone on since this film to make her own way in Hollywood. The story itself is incredibly generic and the setting is some weird idiom of anywhere between 1990-2005. What the film lacks in narrative imagination, it makes up for in its goofy nature. Barrymore's personality is all over the film and you cannot help becoming involved in Bliss' story and overjoyed when she does well. However, this does not stop the film from lacking real drive or direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant movie 3 Oct 2011
Format:Blu-ray
so clever on so many levels. great pace and characters. Very funny in places and a fabulous soundtrack. The blu-ray transfer is good but not great but the sound mix makes up for this in HD. This film has a charming feel to it the whole way through and its just one of those films, it really should not be as entertaining as it is, but something about it just grabs you. recommend highly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Girly Movie Goes To The Rollerderby ! 28 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray
OK, so look, I cannot say that this is my usual genre of movies, but it is quite nice to take a break from all the Aliens, Monsters and general Bad Maniacal Slashers causing havoc in the universe and I have to say that I quite enjoyed it for what it was - a story of a young girl growing in a dead-beat town, with all the usual teen urges that come with the blossoming of true adolescence. We've all been there - must be more to the world, first sexual experience and betrayal, and parents that want us to live our lives exactly the way that they had planned it for us.

My only real issue with this movie is that although Ellen Page plays our young hero superbly, I cannot say that I was overly impressed with her skating ability ! Yeah, it's a silly issue - but with a movie about a girl joining a skating team it may have helped to have a better skater, for at times she did not look as confident on her wheels as the rest of the cast and she was a little bit to `strained' going around the track.

Anyhow, Ellen Page is by far the star of this movie, plays it well and is going to go much further than just a few teenie movies. So - for me - a thoroughly enjoyable break from my norm, the sort of movie you would watch on a plane and not tell anyone after that you enjoyed it !!So, 4 out of 5 - would give it more but I am sure my heavy action / sci-fi friends would laugh at me !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
this film is a little different to others i dont know how many roller derby films are out there but i enjoyed this manly because i had no idea about roller derby before i watched... Read more
Published 17 days ago by S.A.Checkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand daughter loved it
We watched it on TV and thought our oldest, 12 year old grand daughter would enjoy it.
She liked it so much she will be joining new a roller derby team!!
Published 2 months ago by Michael van Kleeff
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whip It" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc...
Ever since her breakthrough on "Juno" Ellen Page has made smart choices with her movies and the uplifting "Whip It" is yet another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a really great film
Awesome film, watched it when it came out and loved it. So different to any other coming of age film and Ellen Page is a hottie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller Derby surprise !
First off, I should say that this movie is probably quite different from what you are expecting, the marketing pegged this as a girly comedy with a bit of sports thrown in like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mummy spoon
5.0 out of 5 stars WHIP IT
Can see this being a cult following movie, If you like roller derby and skating, this is one for you to add to your collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ricky Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Saw this on television a while back and my two daughters loved it hence the reason I have bought the DVD x
Published 6 months ago by sharon stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick flick I could bear to watch
I bought this to watch with my sister who loves romcoms and chick flicks....I love zombies! We had a problem. We were saved by this film though. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Kath Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable entertainment
Enjoy roller derby so decided to give buy this and must say found it very entertaining. Good value for money
Published 8 months ago by Yvonne g
5.0 out of 5 stars Whip it DVD
Great dvd very funny great entertainment laughed alot, good characters would definitely recomment it to tothers just a laugh a minute
Published 8 months ago by Rosanne Hardwick
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