Dumplin' Review: Netflix finally succeeds in creating a body positive rom-com
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Verdict: Body positivity, glitter, drag queens and Dolly Parton... what's not to love? When Netflix announced they were adapting Julie Murphy's 2015 smash hit novel Dumplin', fans were worried. Would it be another Sierra Burgess is a Loser attempt of showcasing body positivity and tragically failing? Or would it go down the Insatiable route of being a big mess? Lucky for us, and for Netflix, Dumplin' (2018) is a total marvel. Directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal, and Step Up) Dumplin', which is set in Texas, follows Willowdean 'Dumplin' Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), and her beauty pageant-obsessed mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) as they navigate life after the loss of Willowdean's beloved aunt Lucy (Hillary Begley). Willowdean and her mother don't see eye to eye, Rosie is an ex-beauty queen who is still obsessed with fad diets and fitting into her old dresses. Willowdean, on the other hand, is more interested in Dolly Parton - an obsession which makes its way to the film's incredible soundtrack composed by Dolly herself (and already up for a Golden Globe for the best original song!) Whilst rummaging through her late aunt's belongings, Willowdean discovers that she had once applied to take part in the 'Miss Teen Bluebonnet' but backed out last minute because of a lack of confidence. As a protest against her mother and the patriarchal narrative of beauty pageants, Willowdean and her friends sign up to take part. Much to the surprise of the pageant's director, Willowdean's mother, Rosie.
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