The 2009 drama “Whip It” from Fox Searchlight marked the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore and the screenplay was written by the former roller derby star Shauna Cross based on her experiences. Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore and Juliette Lewis.
Growing up in the small town of Bodeen, Texas, Bliss Cavedar (Ellen Page) like many others has an aching void that only a big city can fill. The misery of being in a small town is only made worse for this indie-rock loving citizen of the fringe by a mother (Marcia Gay Harden) who thinks that the only way she can make it in life is to become a beauty queen. While her mother believes that Bliss will one can come to realize the importance of the refinements that she appreciates, Bliss knows in her heart that she is completely different from her mother—and is very pleased that she is.
But she has very little say in the way her life is going, she’s a teenager and suffering through life until she is twenty-one is the fate she has accepted. Her mother has entered her into a beauty pageant that she can easily win, being intelligent and good looking. But sometimes she simply cannot help herself, she just can’t stomach some of the behavior modifications that are being forced on her. She has no desire to be a beauty queen and would be happy if someone else would win and put an end to the nightmare vision of endless demonstrations of her talent and dozens of not-so-interesting questions.
When Bliss shows up for the final round of competition with ultra-violet blue streaks in her hair, she knew that her mother would be furious, but the look on the judges faces made it all worthwhile. She knew that she was in for a well-deserved tirade of complete frustration and disappointment from her mother, but that was better than living the life of a Barbie doll.
Just when it seemed like there was no way out she encounters a group of roller derby league members from nearby Austin who turn her world around and give her the excitement she has been longing for. But Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) is wondering does Bliss have what it takes to become a team player in one of the most aggressive sports in the world?