Meet 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.
Deutscher Kurzinhalt des Senator Film Verleih:
Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) ist Siebzehn, lebt in einer Kleinstadt in Texas und hat die Nase voll von ihrem heimatlichen Dorf: nichts als Tüllkleider, Hochsteckfrisuren und Schönheitswettbewerbe. Eines Abends fährt sie heimlich nach Austin, um sich ein Rollerderby anzuschauen. Von dem rasanten Sport und den wilden Mädchen in Minirock, punkigen Netzstrümpfen und Rollschuhen ist sie schnell begeistert. Ohne das Wissen ihrer Eltern wird sie schon bald in das Team aufgenommen und zum gefragten Rollergirl. Dabei lernt sie auch den Musiker Oliver (Landon Pigg) kennen – eine Romanze beginnt. Als jedoch kurz vor einem wichtigen Finale ihre größte Rollschuh-Konkurrentin „Iron Maven“ (Juliette Lewis) entdeckt, dass Bliss nicht alt genug ist, um ohne Einwilligung ihrer Eltern Derbys zu fahren und Oliver sich plötzlich nicht mehr meldet, beginnen die Probleme und Bliss Traum, auf der Skater-Bahn die Welt zu erobern, scheint zu platzen…
Inhaltsangabe von Fox Searchlight:
For years, Bliss Cavender (Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page) has been dreaming of escaping her tiny, truck-stop of a town Bodeen, Texas. Unfortunately her devoted, beauty pageant obsessed mother (Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden) is convinced that Bliss can only succeed in life if she wins the crown at the local Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, but the awkward outsider knows there’s something bigger and better out there. When Bliss sneaks off to the big city of Austin with her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) she discovers a world unlike anything she could ever imagine: roller derby, with its girl-power-meets-punk-rock spirit and its liberating celebration of wild individuality.
Inspired by the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), Bliss secretly tries out for a spot on the Hurl Scouts, a rag-tag team of scrappy underdogs. Soon she’s trading in her gowns and crowns for skirts, skates and scrapes becoming her alter ego, Babe Ruthless. Leading a precarious double life, Bliss may be a waitress at Bodeen’s Oink Joint by day, but by night, she’s becoming the fastest thing on eight wheels. Now she’s doing things she never dreamed of -- fearlessly facing off with bad-ass rivals like Iron Maven (Academy Award® nominee Juliette Lewis) and falling for a boy in a band (singer/songwriter Landon Pigg) -- while trying to be a heroine to her new friends and teammates. But when her secret gets out, Bliss will face her toughest fight yet: to take control of the future . . . on her own terms.
- Outstanding Feature Film (WIN Award, Women’s Network Image Awards, 1. Dezember 2009)
- Best Directing Debut (Bronze Horse, Stockholm Film Festival, Januar 2010)
- Intentional or not - Film of the year (Dorian Award, Dorian Awards, 21. Januar 2010)
- Ellen wurde für mehrere Monate von der ehemaligen TXRD Skaterin Smother Teresa in Los Angeles trainiert.
- Laut Augenzeugen berichteten, dass Ellen während den Dreharbeiten immer sicherer auf ihren Rollschuhen wurde
und am Ende fast schon ein Profi war. (Quelle: parade.com)
- Die Schauspieler wie Drew und Ellen haben viele Spiele der L.A. Derby Dolls angeschaut und auch mit ihnen trainiert.
- Drew Barrymore platzierte auf jeder Seite des Skripts entsprechende Bilder damit die Schauspieler und ihre Crew besser verstehen können, worauf es ihr in den Szenen ankommt. (Quelle: April 2009 Ausgabe des W Magazine)
- Drew Barrymore und Ellen Page machten alle Stunts selbst und hatte auch etliche Prellungen um dies zu beweisen.
- Kristen Wiig erhielt ihren Derbynamen “Maggie Mayhem” als Tribut an die Drehbuchautorin Shauna Cross. Ursprünglich war für ihre Rolle der Name “Malice in Wonderland” vorgesehen. (Quelle: usatoday.com)
- Der Titel des Films bezieht sich auf eine spezielle Bewegung in dieser Sportart, bei der man jemand an der Hand packt und in einer Kurve herumwirbelt um dadurch seine eigene Geschwindigkeit zu erhöhen und sich einen Vorsprung zu verschaffen. (Quelle: theplaylist.blogspot.com)
- Zu den Drehorten zählen unter anderem der Detroit Yacht Club, ein altes Restaurant, eine Schule sowie ein Salon in Hamtramck, Mother Fletcher's (ein Vintage-Store in Ferndale), ein kleines Haus in Ypsilanti und der Elbow Room.
- Ellen Page und Alia Shawcat haben am Set oft gemeinsam gesungen. (Quelle: Name ist bekannt)
- Bliss Cavendar wählt den Roller Derby Namen “Babe Ruthless” als Erinnerung daran auf dem Bank Track keine Gnade zu zeigen. (Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen von Fox Searchlight)
- Drew Barrymore verpflichtete Alex Cohen aka Axels of Evil von den L.A. Derby Dolls, welche am meisten zusammen mit Ellen Page trainierte, um Bliss Werdegang vom Derby Neuling zum Star glaubhaft darstellen zu können.
(Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen von Fox Searchlight)
- Auf dem Schreibtisch von Earl Cavendar ist ein Foto von Ellen zu sehen, welches ursprünglich vom Fotoshooting mit Patrick Demarchelier für die Zeitschrift Teen Vogue stammt
- Das fiktive Team 'Hurl Scouts' basiert auf den 'Tough Cookies' aus Los Angeles; beide Teams haben die grüne Uniform gemein und orientieren sich an den ‘Girl Scouts of America’
- Die im Film verwendete Bahn stammt von den ‘Red Dirt Rebellion Rollergirls’ und wurde speziell für den Film am Ursprungsort abgebaut und am Set wieder aufgebaut
- An einer Stelle im Film lügt Bliss Cavendar über ihr Alter und gibt an 22 (anstatt 17) zu sein, dies wiederum entspricht dem tatsächlichen Alter von Ellen Page
- Die Zahl 22 wird später schließlich zu Bliss’ Spielernummer
- Als sich Bliss für das erste Spiel vorbereitet, sagt Maggie Meyhem, dass man nie genug ‘Lash Blast’ auftragen kann. Lash Blast ist eine Wimperntusche der Firma Cover Girl, für die Drew Barrymore Werbung macht.
- “Ellen Page was quiet and seemed very focused. Her training on the track has paid off -- she's a pretty good skater!”
Zitat aus dem Bericht einer Laiendarstellerin vom Filmset (Quelle: blog.mlive.com)
- “I wore pads on my knees and hips and a helmet to keep from getting hurt”
Ellens Kommentar zu den sportlichen Einlagen während der Dreharbeiten (Quelle: parade.com)
- Steven Spielberg gave her [Drew] notes after she showed him a rough cut of “my first child,” as she refers to Whip It. “I don’t want to sell out the moment because it’s so personal and private,” she says, suddenly drawing a line. “It was very emotional for me. I was like, ‘This is who I became because of your guidance.’” Spielberg considers the film a self-assured debut. “I was not surprised that she knew exactly where to put the camera,” he says, “because at six years old she was telling me where she thought I should put the camera.” (Quelle: April 2009 Ausgabe des W Magazine)
- "Es geht um kleinere Erfolge und nicht darum die Nummer 1 oder einfach der Beste zu sein. Es reicht schon, wenn man mit den richtigen Leuten am richtigen Ort ist, ein besseres Gefühl kann man kaum haben. Mit 20 war ich total in Märchen vernarrt und liebte natürlich die Happy Endings. Heutzutage ist es mir wichtig inneren Frieden zu finden und einfach ehrlich mit den Menschen um sich herum zu sein. Ein guter Tag bleibt ein guter Tag.”
(Drew Barrymore über ihren Film; Quelle: usatoday.com)
- "Ich habe Ellen immer 'Small Newman' genannt. Sie ist einfach so klein, kleiner als alles was Du vorher gesehen hast und Paul Newman war stets eine große Inspiration für mich.” (Drew Barrymore über Ellen Pages Derby- beziehungsweise Spitznamen, den sie ihr fernab der Dreharbeiten verliehen hat; Quelle: usatoday.com)
- “Sie ist einfach großartig, eine super freundliche Person und sie kommt eigentlich mit allen wunderbar aus.”
(Landon Pigg über Ellen Page; Quelle: Nylon Magazine - The Insider - Juli 2009)
- “Sie ist großartig, eine kompromisslose und einzigartige Abtrünnige. Sie ist sehr jung, aber hat es irgendwie geschafft, dass sie trotz des Rummels und Hollywood nicht ihre Prinzipien vergisst.”
(Juliette Lewis über die Arbeit mit Ellen Page; Quelle: blackbookmag.com)
- “Juliette ist nicht nur unglaublich talentiert, sondern war auch bemerkenswert präsent und ich wurde ständig von ihr inspiriert. Juliettes Leidenschaft, ihre offene Art und Ehrlichkeit machte die Arbeit mit ihr, und alleine die Tatsache sie zu kennen, zu einem Geschenk.” (Ellen Page über Juliette Lewis; Quelle: blackbookmag.com)
- "We all felt like action heroes! It was tough to be an out-and-out bully, to shove Ellen Page into a locker. I'm very nurturing and embracing of the underdog. But it was pretty f---ing fun!" (Juliette Lewis über den Film; Quelle: mtv.com)
- "She was so visually prepared. You can talk about scenes and emotion and acting crap all day, but at the end of the day, you have to shoot the shot. She knew what she wanted cinematically."
(Juliette Lewis über die Arbeit mit Regisseurin und Schauspielerin Drew Barrymore; Quelle: mtv.com)
- “Ellen is amazingly professional. She is one of the most intriguing people that I know. She's a tough nut to crack, and that makes her all the more tantalizing.” (Landon Pigg über die Zusammenarbeit mit Ellen Page; Quelle: iesb.net)
- “She is a bundle of joy. She's one of my best friends. Sometimes, you have friends with whom, when you see each other on a set, you get a natural high. Every time we were on set, we really were able to ignite each other and, hopefully, it comes across. She's great. We've traveled together. We've since been to Amsterdam, London, Paris and all over. She's a good traveling buddy. And, we're writing together.” (Alia Shawkat über die Arbeit mit Ellen; Quelle: iesb.net)
- "I know because of Natural Born Killers people think I'm all scary and stuff, but it's really hard for me to be a bully. [...] But we all became bad asses comparing bruises. Drew had one about eight inches long and five inches wide on the hip. I got some hip knots and a scraped chin, but thankfully no busted teeth. Bruises and scrapes are cool; busted teeth, not cool." (Juliette Lewis über die Dreharbeiten und Stunts, Quelle: people.com)
- “Ellen is such a beautiful creature and has a vulnerability and sexiness that is also tomboyish. I was determined to show every aspect of her as Bliss. I didn’t want Bliss to be the cliché of a geek who becomes a badass by the end or the ugly duckling who turns into a swan. Ellen understood that and you watch her transform very subtly. At the beginning, Ellen gives Bliss a pigeon walk and tentative body language, but by the end she has a different physical possession. You watch her grow from a small-town girl into this rock ‘n roll world where she truly fits and flourishes.”
(Drew Barrymore über ihre Hauptdarstellerin Ellen Page; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- "I selfishly wanted to play this character who is a bit of a dichotomy: half-hippie, halfchick-with-anger-issues. I kind of identify with that. There is a part of me that is totally laid back and everything is great. Then there’s a part of me that really enjoys action.” (Drew Barrymore über ihre eigene Figur Smashley Simpson; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “We talked about the things that start to change her and that empower her, such as the moment she goes from wanting to tell her mother ‘I love this’ to actually saying it out loud. We both really wanted to get inside not only Bliss’s world. We wanted to capture the levity and the complexity of all these different types of relationships Bliss has. Including friendships, teammate camaraderie and first loves.” (Drew Barrymore über die Entwicklung der Figur Bliss Cavendar zusammen mit Ellen; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “Ellen trained the longest and the hardest. By the end, she was really able to open up and fly. There’s a moment where Bliss has to jump other girls that have crashed onto the track. At first, we talked about using wires but she trained for that jump month after month after month. When it came down to it, she did it herself, and cleared those girls by two feet. It was insane.” (Drew Barrymore über Ellens Roller Derby Training; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- "This has been one of the craziest journeys I’ve gone on in a movie, because it is a mix of different genres and worlds and energies and it seems like every moment is so crucial to Bliss’s growth and development. What’s great about this film is that it’s got this rock n’ roll, cool, sporty aspect to it but behind that is an honest story of a young woman going through a lot of changes. The challenge was molding all that together and Drew did it brilliantly, with her high energy and positive spirit.” (Ellen Page über die härteste Herausforderung in ihrer noch so jungen Karriere; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I am Canadian so I skate. But I wasn’t good by any means, and my skills definitely had to improve. Everyone had faith and trusted that I would train hard and have that moment when it would all come together. [...] I was absolutely terrified. It was like the first day of school. No matter how much I’d practiced, it’s a daunting thing to have people wanting to rip your head off while you’re doing it! But when you get it, it’s such a fantastic feeling.” (Ellen Page über das Training mit den Derby Dolls in Los Angeles und ihre eigene Skating-Fähigkeiten; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I think sometimes when things are cool or hip it can feel contrived, but there’s something about the derby world that is very sincere and authentic and that is what’s so incredibly exciting to Bliss. Derby is all about passion. Girls who have never played sports before, who were hated in that realm in school, put on the skates and learn how to be empowered women. One of the beautiful things about it is that anybody can become good at it -- if you feel strongly about it.” (Ellen Page über den Roller Derby Sport; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I asked Axels how in the world I was going to be able to do this and she assured me that we would get there. She was so good at breaking it down and explaining every little detail that it all started to come together.” (Ellen Page über ihr erstes Treffen mit Axles of Evil aka Alex Cohen; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “To me, Whip It is a mother-daughter story. It’s also a roller derby story and a sports drama and a romantic comedy but the heart of what goes on is between Bliss and Brooke – the tension between Brooke having a hard time letting her daughter express herself and needing to let go and Bliss needing to go through that journey of figuring out her own identity.” (Marcia Gay Harden über den Film und ihre Rolle; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I love sports movies because I love underdogs going against the odds. With its tough chicks and its rebellious spirit, roller derby is the perfect place for someone to prove her mettle – and Bliss is a great character to have the chance to do that.” (Daniel Stern über den Film; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “Kristen is amazing and I believe will go down in history as one of our most important female comedians. She is both current and timeless, and she perfectly embodies derby femininity. Usually, Kristen does these really broad comic characters but in fact, she’s very collected and has a great carefree quality that I wanted to capture in the movie. There are some wonderful scenes between her and Ellen where she becomes a kind of big sister figure to Bliss. On top of that, she skated amazingly.” (Drew Barrymore über Kristen Wiig; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I think Bliss is in all of us. She’s the adolescence we all had, with that fire and yearning for something more. Then she steps into the roller-derby world and channels that rebellion and energy in such a positive way. For her, it’s like running away and joining the circus. I think we’d all want to do it if we could.” (Juliette Lewis über Ellens Character Bliss Cavendar; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I’ve never been more fit or healthy in my life. I had skated when I was a kid but this training process was awesome. I won’t even pretend that I could play derby for real but we were so proud of our bruises we put up pictures in our trailers.” (Juliette Lewis über ihre Skating-Fähigkeiten; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “Eve was perfect for this role, because she is also a woman who, on her own terms, in her own way, has made a beautiful success of herself. She is a cool, tough chick with a sweet softness. And when she began skating, she was so tentative, it was awesome to watch her grow. With determination and nerve, by the third week she was just crashing into everything!” (Drew Barrymore über Rapperin/Schauspielerin Eve; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “What I love about this story it is that it brings a coming-of-age drama and a sports movie and a fun comedy together in a great way. And women’s roller derby – how amazing is that? [...] I’m not the most athletic person in the world, so this was a challenge. But I was surrounded by women with so much personality and determination, you just have to embrace it. You can’t be a wuss.” (Eve über den Film und die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cast; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- I hadn’t been on a pair of skates since I was twelve or thirteen. My first two days of training I kept saying ‘why did I agree to do this movie? I’m never going to be good on skates.’ Now I think I’m a bit addicted.” (Eve über ihre Skating-Fähigkeiten; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “She surfs, she skates, she rides a motorcycle, she does it all and with total focus and determination. At the same time, she makes it effortless and fun for everyone around her. She was doing cartwheels on roller skates in week two of our training. She is totally the coolest.” (Drew Barrymore über Zoe Bell; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I think many women will identify with these characters’ feelings of not quite knowing where you fit in and that sense of relief when you do find your place. Bliss loves her mom and her best friend, but when you find something you really love in life, there’s a real sense of finding a home you didn’t know you had. It gives me goose bumps just to talk about it!” (Zoe Bell über die Figuren und Charaktere im Film; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “Chemistry is so important and when we did the screen test with Alia and Ellen, it was completely there. Alia has great range – she can be serious and funny, an older sister figure to Bliss and a bit of a wisecracker. She has a personal style that you can’t fake.” (Drew Barrymore über das Casting von Alia Shawkat; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “They’re rarely from a girl’s perspective -- and especially not a girl who goes into such a rough and tumble world. The characters in this movie are strong and independent and just as tough and smart as any boy. [...] She’s the friend who allows Bliss to be herself. Yet, their goals are different. Pash might be alternative in her dress and like pop music, but she is also determined to get into an Ivy League college. She loves Bliss but she knows what she wants, and she’s not letting anything get in her way. She’s strong-headed, stubborn and very smart. [...] Pash feels like she’s losing her best friend, the one person in the world she’s connected to. She understands that Bliss needs something to give herself over to, but she is not willing to risk everything for her. Luckily, Ellen and I just had a connection that was really natural and she’s so genuine – she doesn’t say anything without really meaning it – so that made it easy.” (Alia Shawkat über ihre Figur Pash und die Beziehung zu Bliss/Ellen; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I loved this script from the get-go. It seemed like the most fun you could have. Plus, it’s rare to find a movie that has so many strong female roles. The best part for me was the amazing camaraderie. As competitive as derby girls are, they make these incredible friendships.” (Ari Graynor über das Drehbuch/Skript; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “The problem for Razor is that he takes roller derby entirely too seriously. And the girls don’t take him half as seriously as he takes himself and that creates trouble! I really get a kick out of my character - which is described at one point as having been ‘raised by a pack of wild mullets.’ Razor is funny but he’s also very passionate.” (Andrew Wilson über seine Figur Razor; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “It was so much fun being in front of a live audience with an old-fashioned pull-down microphone, calling out the skating action and throwing in some bad jokes. Meeting the real derby girls was also interesting. Each one of them has her idiosyncrasies but they also have great camaraderie. There’s a tight bond and the movie really captures that.” (Jimmy Fallon über die Arbeit am Film; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “I said, no matter what, I did not want an actor for Oliver; I wanted a real musician because actors and musicians are totally different. I went on a nationwide search for a musician who’d never acted before, who could create a song for the film and really play it in the movie, and that’s how I discovered Landon. I knew immediately he was the one. We worked very closely together and it was one of the best relationships for me in the movie. He brought so many elements to the role and wrote a fantastic song called ‘High Times.’ He possesses something fresh and unique.” (Drew Barrymore über das Casting eines Laiendarstellers für die Figur des Oliver und die Entdeckung von Landon Pigg; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “There’s something just a little off, a tiny bit different about Bliss. She’s quiet yet also strangely more confident than Oliver. There’s a tension there and Oliver is drawn to that. Then, he shows her some of his favorite music, which is a secret code. It says so much and surpasses multiple conversations that might be had. Oliver is in love with her responses and things take off from there. She’s full of contradictions and he just wants to go along for the ride. [...] He might look like the typical band person – he plays the right music, he’s got the hair style, he’s kind of cool -- but he deflates the musician stereotype. He might look like the kind of guy who’s having flings on the road all the time, but actually Oliver doesn’t like to rush into things. He feels like the road of getting to know Bliss is a long one and he’s inspired to take that journey.” (Sänger und Songschreiber Landon Pigg über Bliss Cavendar und die Beziehung seiner Figur zu ihr; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “When she 15 skates, Ellen always has a look of complete confidence and strength. She’s a scrappy little skater—and I’m hoping we can persuade her that she needs a new career as a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls.” (Amerikanische Radiojournalist, Los Angeles Derby Dolls und TXRD Texas Lonestar Rollergirl Alex Cohen über Ellen Page; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- “Skating on a banked track is really hard, even if you’re a good skater. You’re skating at an angle while you’re looking out for people who are trying to knock you on your butt. It’s like a three-ring circus going on in your head. Yet every one of our actresses was completely determined and found a skill she could do really well. Each of them has taken serious spills but rather then saying ‘I’m out of here,’ they have gotten right back up and kept skating. And that makes me really, really proud.” (Amerikanische Radiojournalist, Los Angeles Derby Dolls und TXRD Texas Lonestar Rollergirl Alex Cohen über sportlichen Fähigkeiten des gesamten Filmcasts; Quelle: offizielle Produktionsnotizen)
- "When I'm given a love scene, I hate acting them out because they're awkward and weird. When they're done well, they're brilliant, but I hate doing them myself. So I thought, 'How can I capture the joy of first love, make it cinematic, make it fluid, pun intended. For those who hate it, I apologize. Anything you love or hate about the movie is absolutely my fault." (Drew Barrymore über den Dreh von Liebesszenen; Quelle: kansascity.com)
- "I'm not really good at teaching music but for one thing me and Ellen sat down at the guitar once and she was like showing me a song she was writing. She knows how to play 'Blackbird' and stuff. But we did a little duet on the piano one day before we were shooting this underwater love scene. Just as they were getting lights ready, and we're playing there's a grand piano in this abandoned yacht club where we're shooting. We're kind of just signing ['Islands in the Stream'] killing time. And that's a good memory of mine." (Landon Pigg über das Musizieren und den Dreh der Unterwasser-Liebesszene mit Ellen; Quelle: hollywoodcrush.mtv.com)
- “To embrace who you really are inside - rather than what someone else's vision is for you." Yes, I know, that is dangerously radical.” (Drew Barrymore über die Botschaft ihres Films; Quelle: philly.com)
- "Laced with good-natured hipster kitsch and endearingly goofy girl power, director Drew Barrymore's roller-derby dramedy, "Whip It," is a gas. In her contact-sporting debut feature, Barrymore hams it up as injury-prone skater "Smashley Simpson," but pays equal attention to all players in a lively femme-centered ensemble led by Ellen Page -- who, as blooming wallflower Bliss Cavendar (aka "Babe Ruthless"), finally has a role to match her star-making turn in Juno." (Rob Nelson, Variety)
- “Page, whose derby moniker is Babe Ruthless, is predictably adorable and somehow seems more like a real person than the sometimes cartoonish, overly quippy smart-aleck she memorably played in "Juno." The acting is top notch throughout, again proving the old saw about actors who turn director being particularly attuned to performance. Barrymore and Juliette Lewis are especially delightful, as is "Whip It" across the board.”
(Peter Brunette, The Hollywood Reporter)
- “Although the film is clearly a personal story from first-time screenwriter Shauna Cross, it comes bursting at the seams as an extension of Barrymore's infectiously bubbly personality, overstuffed with hip music, food fights and hard-hitting roller derby footage.” (Stephen Saito, IFC)
- “Page is outstanding as Bliss, proving again she is very likely the finest young actress working in cinema today. She slips effortlessly under the skin of this character and inhabits her in every way, and after meeting Ellen Page a few times, I can safely say that the characters she creates bear no connection to her at all. [...] Whip It is fun to watch, and the girls look they are having a blast on screen, and perhaps that more than anything else is Barrymore’s greatest accomplishment as a director: She made a film people had fun making and that audiences will have fun watching.”
(John Foote, Screenrant)
- “With the help of ex-derby girl Shauna Cross’ script, Barrymore creates a film that works on a number of levels, delivering to a number of audiences. There’s solid action and laughs, solid parents (perfectly played by Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern) for the older set, funky music, and best of all - a really great message for young girls. It serves up real and diverse women without making the message too saccharine, and excellent, modern life lessons are relayed without falling to the depths of preachy despair.” (Monika Bartyzel, Collider)
- “Overall I was impressed with Whip It and I enjoyed it. Barrymore isn't a strong point (in front of or behind the camera), but Ellen Page and her sidekick Pash (played by Alia Shawkat) are, along with the derby girls, including Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, and Juliette Lewis.” (Alex Billington, FirstShowing)
- “Whip It may not be as important as some of the other films I've seen so far at Toronto -- sure isn't isn't exploring the roots of Nazi Germany, how people handle death, or the problems of capitalism. But this isn't just pure popcorn either -- it has an empowering message for girls -- for many it may well be the most important movie for them. But for me it means the discovery of a new talent -- director Drew Barrymore, and I can't wait to see more.”
(Copernicus, Ain't It Cool)
- “Page, whose derby nickname is Babe Ruthless, is able to maintain a real person throughout the film, and she exhibits inner strength in her performance. She really shines in this role.” (Pete Misiak, WXYZ-TV)
- “Ellen Page cements herself as a lifelong actress if she so chooses, and Drew Barrymore cements herself as a triple-threat (acting, producing, and directing). This is the most promising directorial debut by a famous actor since Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone two years ago. The film looks great, it's exceptionally well-acted by a large game cast, and the screenplay by Shauna Cross (a real-life roller derby player in LA) is filled with smart dialogue and genuine wit. Whip It is a just-plain great movie.” (Scott Mendelson, The Huffington Post)
- “Ellen Page is the main reason to watch “Whip It”. At the age of 22, she already has three standout roles on her resume in “Hard Candy”, “Juno” and now “Whip It”. Page gives Bliss the right amount of vulnerability and toughness. You may not still believe her as a roller derby girl, but she is going to try her hardest to convince you otherwise.”
(Eric Sloss, Movie Jungle)
- “Barrymore’s “Whip It” has some serious attitude, and it’s the film’s ruthless energy that makes it work. Don’t expect any big surprises here, but roll into this with light expectations and you may enjoy the ride. Kudos again to Ellen Page, who delivers the goods every time she’s on the big screen. It’s all her folks!”
(Franck Tabouring, Screening Log)
- “The film’s big winner though is Page. The actress showed chops in the surprise hit “Juno” but when freed of the too smart for its own good dialogue of that film, she really shines. She flutters from sarcasm to a river of emotion without any trouble at all. Page will undoubtedly rise above the likes of coming of age sports comedies, which has to lead to a career as one of Hollywood’s best actresses.”
(Luke McCormick, Daily Egyptian)
Informationen von Mandate Pictures:
Drew Barrymore will direct Ellen Page in Whip It – a comedy set in the raucous world of roller derby. The movie was written by L.A.-based derby star Shauna Cross (aka Maggie Mayhem) and is being produced by two-time Oscar nominated producer Barry Mendel as well as Barrymore’s Flower Films for Mandate Pictures, the company behind the current Ellen Page hit, Juno. Shooting begins in Austin this summer. The ensemble cast will be put together by casting directors Kim Davis and Justine Baddelly (Adaptation, Where The Wild Things Are); Dylan Tichenor (Boogie Nights, The Royal Tenenbaums) will edit. Whip It will be executive produced by Peter Douglas, Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith along with Mandate’s Nathan Kahane. Nicole Brown and Mary Lee will be overseeing the project for Mandate.
Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a girl stuck in a dead-end town outside of Austin, who sneaks off to skate in the big-time Austin derby league. "I really admire how Drew constantly challenges herself as an artist," said Page. "She's proven herself as an actress and a producer, and I have no doubt she'll bring great vision and creativity to the director's chair. I can't wait to kick ass on wheels!” Barrymore added, “I’ve been working towards the goal of directing my entire life. Whip It is a story that really spoke to me, I feel like the heart and soul as well as the message is very true to me and yet it still has aspects that will challenge me. I couldn’t be more honored to work with the phenomenal Ellen Page, she’s so incredibly unique, it’s a privilege to get in the ring with her.” Mendel says, "I’ve tended to work with directors in the early stages of their career, and I can already tell Drew is going to be a terrific one. She’s inspired, knowledgeable and like the best, pouring herself heart and soul into it." “I have long admired Drew’s comedic sensibility, and her films have proven to hold tremendous appeal, largely due to her cachet as an actor and her sharp instincts as a producer,” stated Kahane. “We are thrilled to work with such an amazingly talented team. It is a rarity to have such a strong character driven coming of age story that also works as a jubilant sports comedy.” Page can currently be seen in Jason Reitman’s critically acclaimed Juno, for which she has received numerous accolades. This includes nominations for many awards, including the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards. She will next be seen in Noam Murro’s Smart People, opposite Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church. She is repped by WMA and Kish Iqbal at Gary Goddard Agency.
Mendel has produced some of the groundbreaking films of the last decade including Rushmore, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Serenity and Munich. Most recently, Mendel re-united with Shyamalan for 20th Century Fox’s The Happening starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo. Flower Films, founded by Barrymore and Juvonen in 1995, has produced a number of hit films over the past decade including Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Donnie Darko and Fifty First Dates. Flower Films will next release the highly anticipated comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You, due to hit theaters in 2008.