I’ll admit it, this genre is my guilty pleasure. Fortunately, Dumplin’ got a best song Golden Globe nomination so it shouldn’t fall through the cracks. An adorable movie about being different, different from the “norm” and different from your parents. In her quest to maintain her individuality, she has built up quite a defense system that has started to work against her. There are a few details that get lost in the shuffle, but overall this movie has a lot to give. The bouncy Dolly Parton sound track, along with the perky Parton “sayings” keep the movie upbeat and fun. Danielle Macdonald is great as Will, a young woman trying as hard as she can to be different from her mother and maintain her self-esteem. Jennifer Aniston portrays her mother, Rosie, with brittle perfection. Odeya Rush (Lady Bird) is delightful as Will’s best friend, Ellen, who can’t decide if the pageant world is repugnant or fun. After the loss of her Aunt Lucy, Will has to find herself and learn to deal with her mother. Maddie Baillio (Millie), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Hannah) and Luke Benward (Bo) are the new friends she makes along the way. The introduction of the drag queens is inspired. This is a sweet movie about finding your way without losing yourself.
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Official Synopsis for Dumplin’:
Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.
|Cast||Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, Maddie Baillio, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Luke Benward, Harold Perrineau|
|Screenwriter||Kristin Hahn, based on the book “Dumplin’” by Julie Murphy|
|Editor||Emma E. Hickox|
|Production Companies||Echo Films, COTA Films|
|Run Time||110 minutes|
|Genre||Drama, Musical, Comedy|
|Premier||December 7, 2018 (Netflix)|