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Whip It

Whip It“Do parents really know whats best
for their children? A gutsy teenager
is pushed into the world of beauty
  pageants by her mother but discovers
  her true ambition at the local rough-
  and-tumble female roller derby league
  in the funny and wholesome chick-
  flick Whip It

WHILE HER OVER-BEARING MOTHER Brooke Cavandar (Marcia Gay Harden: Mona Lisa Smile; Mystic River) dreams of bright lights and grooms her 17-year-old indie-rock fan daughter Bliss (Ellen Page: Juno; X-Men 3: The Last Stand) for success at an endless line of beauty pageants, she cannot know she is in for a shock in the teenage sports movie Whip It Bliss has found her passion at the local roller-derby.

Unfortunately for best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat), who works with her at the nearby diner, she becomes sidelined as Bliss starts to find her own place in the world. Indulging her obsession for the roller-derby, she joins the Girl Scouts team run by coach Razor (Andrew Wilson), giving her age as 21.

Under her stage name 'Babe Ruthless', small-town-girl Bliss finds herself surrounded by caring team-mates and battling rivals that include Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore: Charlie's Angels; He's Just Not That Into You; Music And Lyrics), Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wrig), Iron Mayan (Juliette Lewis: The Switch; Starsky And Hutch), Bloody Holly (ZoŽ Bell), Eva Destruction (Ari Graynor) and The Manson Sisters (Rachel Piplica and Kristen Adolfi). She also meets Oliver (Landon Pigg), who plays in his brother's band and with whom she falls in love.

But for how much longer will Bliss deceive her parents and hide her true age from her new friends? Can she heal the rift with Pash and find herself? And will Oliver remain faithful to her while he is on tour with the band?

Whip It also features: Daniel Stern as Earl Cavandar; Eulala Scheel as Shania Cavandar; Carlo Alban as Birdman; Eve as Rosa Sparks; and Jimmy Fallon as 'Hot Tub' Johnny Rocket. Screenplay is by Shauna Cross, based on her novel of the same name; Director of Photography is Robert Yeoman ASC (AKA Bob Charley); Music is by The Section Quartet; Produced by Barry Menden and Drew Barrymore. As well as having a starring role, Drew Barrymore also makes her debut as a Director with this refreshing coming of age movie that has bags of attitude.

With a host of female talent, Whip It is full of thrilling, fast-paced roller skating and wonderfully emotional performances. Whip It will whip you into a frenzy while keeping you hooked as both the film and Bliss develop beautifully. A remarkable, intriguing experience of the highs and lows of teenage years.

A heart-warming, ballsy and uplifting movie that has garnered rave reviews, Whip It will be released to buy on DVD and Blu-ray by Lionsgate on 16 August 2010. RRP: £15.99 DVD; £19.99 Blu-ray | Certificate: 12 | Running Time: 107 Minutes.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Including Alternate Opening | Interviews.

"Whip ItÖ keeping you hooked as both the film and Bliss develop beautifully. A remarkable, intriguing experience of the highs and lows of teenage years" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"So passionate, so positive and yes, empowering" — Total Film

"A truly cool and classy chick-flick" — The Mirror

"A romance, a coming of age tale, a comedy, a tear-jerker and a thrilling sports movie" — Daily Star