YMMV / Whip It

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few people seem to know that the movie was an adaptation of a novel.
  • Adapted Out: Bliss' life in Bodeen is a much smaller percentage of the film's running time; an understandable reduction considering the visual appeal of roller derby vs. the prosaic nature of Bliss' hometown.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The pool scene. It breaks the flow of the movie, accomplishes little narratively, is very fantastical in a cinematographic sense while the rest of the movie is fairly realistic, and basically exists to fill screen time.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Bliss knocks Corbi off a railing after she and her boyfriend make fun of her and Pash.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: At the very end, when Bliss' mom reads her daughter's Bluebonnet Ball speech. It turns out that Bliss names her mom as the person she admires the most.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the alternative store in Austin, Brooke spies some bongs and comments, "Ooh, pretty vases!" The staff think this is hilarious, then one of them quips that, "They're great for tulips, really." One wonders how many of the censors realised a "Dutch tulip" is a fancy way of rolling a joint...
  • Les Yay:
    • Eva Destruction and Rosa Sparks.
    • A little between Pash and Bliss, who are bullied by gaybashing schoolmates for their close and exclusive friendship, and are shown to be quite touchy feely with one another.
    • In general, the film is tailored to the female eye, being a story about a girl finding her place in the world, and mainly aimed for female viewers. The point of the main character's relationship is essentially "boyfriends actually stink so stick with your ladies".
    • If you listen to Eva and Rosa's conversation, they flirt with "there's some stuff I'm pretty sure I could teach you". How does the final encounter between Bliss and Iron Maven go? Maven, who has been relatively antagonistic towards Bliss the whole film, compliments one of Bliss' moves and Bliss responds that she'll teach her sometime. If the subtext of the line is consistent, that would definitely shed an interesting light on many interactions between Bliss and Maven, especially when the food-fight scene ends with the two of them rolling around on the floor and Maven laughing as she's pinning Bliss down. It may be that this film is intended more for the gay audience than most people realize.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Except for Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden, NO ONE can hold a Texas accent, and most of the cast don't even bother.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Bliss' romance with Oliver has very little bearing on the rest of the plot—it gives her a reason to ditch Pash, and a reason to reconcile with her mom, and that's about it. Though it does provide a neat deconstruction of the Satellite Love Interest.