It's pretty pointless to resist the charm of the new Netflix comedy Dumplin ' the streamer unpacks just in time for the holidays. There is nothing exciting about this concept or its implementation, but the fun and smiles it brings are more welcome than ever. It's a good-humored, often-told story about the importance of being true to who you are in even though others try to downplay you or say that you can not chase your dreams.
Danielle MacDonald, recently of the somewhat similar well-being of Patti Cake $, plays Willowdean Dickson, the large-format daughter of Rosie Dickson (Aniston), a local beauty pageant from Texas, now runs the same Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant and calls her daughter "Dumplin & # 39 ;." Willowdean is tired of bodily harm and the notion that she's not good enough, a bold point of view, along with others, and essentially overthrows her mother's beloved pageant Mamas distress The premise is so simple, albeit with a spin-off of Dolly Parton who idolizes Willowdean and his friends – even to the point of trying to approach the land superstar by going to a Parton Drag Queen show and catching up with the Dollyverse Council
Parton is one much of Dumplin & # 39; and his considerable charm as she has written six new songs for the film, including the melancholic theme "Girls in the Movies". There are also a number of Parton staples, including "Jolene" and my personal favorite, "Here You Come Again". Basically, this movie is a shrine to Dolly Parton.
Luckily, there is Aniston, a superior talent who comes from a stereotypical small-town mother from Texas and brings all the fears, the ego, the vulnerability and the hard love of the character in an appealing and often very funny portrayal. That would not have worked if it had been played with a note, but Aniston is way too clever for it and creates a sensitive, well-intentioned, if not always right parent whose child obviously loves a lot. Although Macdonald played this type of character in Patti Cake $, in which she was also a waitress with higher ambitions (in this case as a rapper), she plays this down and deserves the love of the audience without her to overestimate the situation. There is even a romantic interest, with a sympathetic and sympathetic colleague named Bo, nicely played by Luke Benward.
Odeya Rush and Maddie Baillio fit well with roles that are more likely to be featured in this blessed film, a sharp script by Kristin Hahn trying to avoid the almost inevitable clichés of that premise, and a talented director in Anne Fletcher ( The Proposal, 27 Dresses ), making this a triumph for all women behind and the scenes here.
The producers are Michael Costigan, Mohamed AlRafi, Trish Hoffman and Hahn. Aniston accepts an executive producer credit. It starts a theatrical run and starts streaming on Friday to Netflix. Sweet.
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