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This movie came out eight years ago, but it is amazing how we missed it. Fox Searchlight Pictures has tons of great movies like this, and if you ever see their trailers on your Blu-Rays or at the theater, make sure you check them out. So on with the show…
Bliss Cavender (Ellen Page) is living anything but a blissful life in Bodeen, Texas. At 17, she’s a high-school senior who works as a waitress at a local BBQ restaurant, and works to keep her mother happy in a string of beauty pageants that she finds to be useless. Her mother, Brooke Cavender (Marcia Gay Harden) is a former beauty queen that wants her daughters to follow her 1950s lifestyle example, but Bliss and her best friend, Pash (Alia Shawkat) know they are modern girls ready to bust out of Bodeen. Bliss is into indie rock and rollerskating could care less out her silly pageants, and one day, when shopping in Austin at a punk store/headshop for shoes, Bliss sees four rough-looking ladies with multi-coloured hair roll in on their skates to post an ad for the opening match for the Women’s Austin Roller Derby League, and they represent the team known as the Hurl Scouts. After learning a little more about the derby, Bliss and Pash find a way to sneak up to Austin and see the action. Bliss is extremely intrigued when she sees the Hurl Scouts in action, and is leaving her mother’s beauty
queen dreams behind to become a speed demon on wheels.