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The 50 Greatest Sports Movies
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Whip It! (2009)

DIRECTOR Drew Barrymore
STARS Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Alia Shawkat, Zoe Bell, Juliette Lewis

Roller derby is the sport of queens, a fast-paced, fierce and very funny sport (check out the players' noms de skate and the unconventional uniforms) dominated by the sort of women your mother warned you about. This smart and affectionate teen drama sees young pageant contestant Bliss (Ellen Page) signing up to play for perennial losers the Hurl Scouts and discovering an unguessed-at talent for knocking people on their ass. But while the skating scenes are speedy and effective, it's the bonds forged between the team that linger in the mind, and the hellaciously good cast (Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis) that helps Drew Barrymore's directorial debut speed into high gear.
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QUICK POLL
Should Whip It! be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Roller derby
THE TEAM
The Hurl Scouts
DOCUMENTARY?
Dearie me No.
DEFINING MOMENT
The Hurl Scouts gleefully chanting, "We're number two!" after losing their first match. Of course, with only two teams that's no great achievement, but it does encapsulate the spirit of the game rather well.
KEY TACTICS
Put some skates on. Be your own hero.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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