Whip It is a comedy film directed by Drew Barrymore and written by Shauna Cross, based on Cross' novel Derby Girl. The film is Barrymore's directorial debut. It is due for release on October 2, 2009 in the US. The film is rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material.
The premise is that a misfit girl named Bliss (Ellen Page) is constantly being pressured to enter beauty pageants by her mother. However, she feels this isn't something she's meant to do, and joins a roller derby league instead. She feels that these girls are her new heroes. She has no idea how to skate but Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), one of her teammates, tells her to be her own hero. This is a recurring theme in the movie. She then is determined to join their roller derby league. She realizes that she skates well, and in an effort to join the league, tells her parents she will be taking SAT preparation classes. Her mom believes her and is very happy she is taking some initiative in her life. When her mother finds out, everything will change.
Whip It was produced by Barry Mendel and Drew Barrymore. The film is a co-production between Mandate Pictures and Barrymore's Flower Films. The film will be distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures upon its cinematic release. Screenwriter Shauna Cross adapted her 2007 young-adult novel Derby Girl for the screen and pitched the script to different production companies while simultaneously pitching its source material to various publishers. The film project was initially to be handled by Warner Independent Pictures, but Mandate Pictures took over after it was put into a turnaround. Production began summer 2008 in Michigan; principal photography began on July 26, taking place in and around Detroit and Washtenaw County, namely Saline. Several scenes were also shot in Texas.
Teen drama and quirk lovers, this one's for you. Bliss (Ellen Page) lives in dead-end Texas working at the local, home-of-the-Squealer BBQ joint. Her mother (Marcia Gay Harden) knows her daughters tickets out of town include beauty and brains and she promotes this via beauty pageants. Bliss hates this endless parade while her younger sister grabs hold of it. (Begin teen drama.) One day Bliss discovers the big, wild world of Roller Derby and embraces the idea … more