"Whip It" (Filmed
Comedy, Drama. Rated PG-13.
credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Barrymore, Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig in Whip It.
Ellen Page (plays Bliss
Cavendar), Marcia Gay Harden (plays her mom, Brooke), Daniel Stern
(plays her dad, Earl), Kristen Wiig (plays her mentor, Maggie
Mayhem), Juliette Lewis (plays Iron Maven, a rival player), Eve
(plays Rosa Sparks, a teammate) and Jimmy Fallon stars as "Hot
Tub" Johnny Rocket in the new film "Whip It."
This is Drew Barrymore's
first film that she's directed and co-starred in. Barrymore appears
in the movie as Smashly Simpson, one of Bliss's teammates on the
derby team. The film is 111 minutes long and was released by Fox
Searchlight Pictures. It is rated PG-13 for sexual content, language
and drug material.
everybody," the Hollywood actress and director said at a
roller skating event in Farmington Hills, Mich. last month. "I'm
a very detail-oriented person. If there's one thing in this movie
that you don't like, it's probably absolutely my fault. And hopefully,
if there is something you like, then my hard work might have paid
off. That would be a miracle."
is the coming-of-age story of Bliss Cavendar, who makes the transition
from a girl who is being pressured by her parents to be in a beauty
pageant to a grown-up adult who takes control of her life. She
works as a waitress in a small-town diner. Bliss's true love is
the sport of roller derby. It took Bliss a while to learn the
sport, however by the end of the movie she became a pro.
Bliss falls in love
with Oliver (Landon Pigg), who is a guitar player in a band. Oliver
comes to the diner to see Bliss. The two end up falling in love.
They go to a corn field and chat on the hood of their old car.
Oliver looses the key to the car so the two go on a search to
find the keys. He then announces that his band will be going on
tour and he will be gone for a while.
Bliss looks up Oliver's
band on the internet. She discovers that another girl is wearing
her t-shirt that she gave to him. Oliver explains that it's just
some random girl and they had no relationship together. Bliss
doesn't believe him but kisses him anyway.
Bliss's parents, Brooke
and Earl, become very suspicious of her. They are wondering why
is she is coming home so late. Bliss brings home her duffel bag
and her mom notices the roller skates. The parents get very upset
with Bliss for not telling them about her sport. Earl researches
her derby team on the internet and sees a video of his daughter
on the derby rink. Brooke wants her daughter to stop going to
roller derby while the dad strongly believes in it.
Bliss's derby team
makes it all the way to the championship. Her mom finally shows
up at the competition at the last minute. You'll have to see the
film to see which team wins...
The film was made to
look like Austin, Texas. However, much of the filming for the
movie was done in southeast Michigan including scenes in Novi,
Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Troy, Saline, Ferndale, Birch
Run and in Frankenmuth.
"It was one of
the most amazing things I've ever done," said Vega Vendetta,
a member of the Detroit Derby Girls and an extra in the film.
"It was neat seeing Drew work and all the actors. Everything
was so spot on, so quick, so organized. It was really amazing
to see the behind-the-scenes process. She was very personal and
would come up and hug us. She would let us know how good of a
job we're doing. Late when we had long hours, sometimes 14 hours,
she would pause everything and blare some loud music and get us
dancing. She had a neat style how she directed."
Raquel Welch starred
in a roller skating movie, Kansas City Bomber, that was
released in 1972. When asked who is a better skater, Barrymore
replied: "I love Raquel Welch. She gave our movie her blessing
when we first started filming. She is like my hero. I'm going
to say she's probably a better skater."
This new film was a
little confusing to understand. As one who is not familiar with
roller derby, I really didn't understand what was going on. I
expected to see some historic places in Michigan but I could't
find any that I've seen before. If you understand roller derby
or just like Ellen Page or Drew Barrymore, then go see "Whip
Barrymore goes roller skating with fans to promote "Whip
Interview with Drew Barrymore and extras in the film
here to visit the official website of the "Whip It"
Poster credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures