Everybody loves Jennifer Aniston it’s like an actual thing. So when I saw there was a new Netflix original starring her I had to watch it. And actually, she doesn’t even play her stereotype!!!
Dumplin’ is a film adaptation of a book of the same name by Julie Murphy. It tells the story of Dumplin’ a teenage girl; actually called Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) is an ageing pageant queen still consumed by the world of pageants. Willow is mostly raised by her Aunt Lucy (Hilliary Begley) who introduces her to both Dolly Parton; whose music Willow loves, and her best friend Ellen (Odeya Rush). When Lucy dies Willowdean discovers that she had also wanted to enter a pageant but didn’t have the confidence. In her memory, Willowdean decides to break the convention of pageants being for skinny girls and start a revolution by entering.
Willow’s entry into the pageant leads to a number of other unconventional girls entering; fellow larger girl Millie (Maddie Baillio) and Hannah the rock chick (Bex Taylor-Klaus). And with the help of a group of Dolly Parton drag queens, they manage to steal the show whilst also rekindling the mother-daughter relationship between Willow and Rosie.
I feel like this film is right for this time. Reminding girls that being skinny doesn’t mean they’re not beautiful and if you want something you should go for it regardless whether it is expected or not. It wasn’t a show stopper but it was a nice background film to have on whilst I pottered doing other bits and bobs. And of course Jennifer Aniston was great.