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'Whip It' Makes Roller Derby Equal Female Empowerment

Ashley Cooper

Whip It

Director: Drew Barrymore
Cast: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Zoe Bell, Eve
Release: 10-02-2009
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Year: 2009

Well-known actress Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of a Texas teenage girl Bliss (Ellen Page) who decides to rebel against her beauty pageant upbringing and trades in her chances for a crown in for a pair of roller skates to enter the world of roller derby. "You are my new hero," Bliss tells one roller derby star who she watches pass out flyers for an upcoming event. The derby star tells her, "Well, grab a pair of skates and be your own hero." Her mother (portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden) vehemently disapproves against her choice and makes her opinions known as her father secretly supports her efforts.

The movie is about relationships, focuses on female empowerment and the world of derby gives Bliss the opportunity to find out where she belongs, make some friends and find herself along the way.


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