Derby Girl by Shauna CrossMeet 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.
T he bruising sport of high-speed, competitive rollerskating goes back to the s and roller derbies have waxed and waned in popularity ever since. Drew Barrymore wasn't even born then and Whip It is altogether less judgmental. A warm-hearted, teenage rite-of-passage flick, it stars the attractive Ellen Page of Juno fame as Bliss Cavendar, a bright, year-old, high school kid from a Texas small town who comes across roller derbies on a visit to Austin, the state capital. When I taught there 40 years ago, Austin was devoted to higher education and politicking. It's now a metropolis with, among other things, a major local film industry, a serious branch of alternative country music and, according to this picture, a competitive rollerskating culture.
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Whip It is a American sports comedy-drama film directed by Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut and written by Shauna Cross, based on her novel Derby Girl. The film is co-produced by Barrymore and Barry Mendel. It stars Ellen Page as a teenager from the fictional town of Bodeen, Texas, The movie has inspired many people to start playing roller derby, including.
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The movie is a coming-together of two free spirits, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page , and while it may not reflect the kind of female empowerment Gloria Steinem had in mind, it has guts, charm, and a black-and-blue sweetness. Yes, it faithfully follows the age-old structure of the sports movie, but what a sport, and how much the Derby girls love it. Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a small-town Texas girl who shares the rebelliousness of Juno but not the steam-of-consciousness verbal pyrotechnics. She's being coached by her smothering mother Marcia Gay Harden to compete in a Miss Bluebonnet beauty pageant that squeezes Texas girls into a ghastly caricature of Southern womanhood. Bliss despises it. One day she sees an ad for the Roller Derby in Austin, the nearest town of consequence, and with a friend, sneaks off to see a game.
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Whip It is a American sports comedy-drama film directed by Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut and written by Shauna Cross , based on her novel Derby Girl. The film is co-produced by Barrymore and Barry Mendel. It stars Ellen Page as a teenager from the fictional town of Bodeen, Texas , who joins a roller derby team. The movie has inspired many people to start playing roller derby, including several current top-level players like Scald Eagle. Bliss Cavendar Ellen Page is a misfit in the small town of Bodeen, Texas , with no sense of direction in her life.