Whip It

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Roller derby dramedy mixes girl power and teen angst.

PG-13 2009 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 41 reviews

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age 13+

Do what you love!

Whip it is about choosing your dream and making it happen. I really liked it. It had some funny moments and I adored Ellen Pages' character Bliss. She is fun, likable and dedicated to what she wants most. With a mother who forces her into beauty pageants, Bliss wants more than that. She appears to be more on the tom-boy side and would rather join Roller Derby than anything else - even if she has to lie her way into it. Really great cast - Director of the film Drew Barrymore was a blast...always funny. Iffy for young tweens, I'd recommend a 14 and older crowd as there is a good amount of violence (girl fights), sexual content and discussions/jokes, underage drinking. Also some language but nothing over the top. A great popcorn movie!

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Too much violence
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age 13+

Pleasantly Surprised!

I had no idea what to expect, but I liked it a lot. I think a mature teenager (especially one in public school) would be able to handle everything the movie threw at them. No graphic sex, minimal if any blood, and language that is probably no worse than what the kids see written on the bathroom stalls. The main character lies to her parents, but faces the consequences. Her friend drinks (Bliss doesn't) and gets arrested for it. Bliss gives her virginity to a guy she thinks she knows and loves, and he cheats on her and doesn't call her afterwards. All very realistic things teens do, and all very realistic consequences. We were a little embarrassed by some of the sexual content, but there was nothing graphic, and it was mostly because it was unexpected. It wasn't a stereotypical sports film, and I absolutely loved that. There were several pleasant surprises that kept me pulled into the movie. It felt... realistic in a good way, much like Juno. I think a world-savvy teen will be fine watching it, and my aunt swears it was perfectly appropriate to her two young girls, who probably were too young to get most of the jokes and drug scenes. Great movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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