‘Dumplin’ Review (Netflix)

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Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, Maddie Baillio, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Luke Benward, Georgie Flores | Written by Kristin Hahn | Directed by Anne Fletcher

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.

Netflix’s recent original effort Dumplin’ is a truly beautiful feel-good film with a delightfully poignant story and energetic cast, that may just hinder on an overdose of sickly intent but succeeds in the conviction of the message it wants to bring forth.

Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston as Willowdean Dickson and Rosie Dickson respectively, are terrific as the inconspicuous and often loose relationship of daughter and mother. Relatively fresh newcomer Macdonald, recently starring in the likes of Patti Cakes and Lady Bird, puts forth an energetic
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