Dumplin. Alright. Delicious food, unfortunate nickname, and apparently a cheesy film title? All of the above?
Dumplin is an upcoming american musical comedy, directed by Anne Flether and written by Kristen Hahn. It is based on a novel of the same name by Julie Murphy. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron. What does this film have going for it? Let's see....
The plot centers around a teenage girl named Willowdean Dickson (Macdonald) who is affectionately nicknamed "Dumplin" by her former pageant queen mother, Rosie Dickson (Aniston). Willowdean has grown up in the constant shadow of her spotlight adoring mother, who is more concerned with trying to continue living out her pageant glory days rather than establishing a strong bond with her daughter. Willowdean is slightly overweight but is very comfortable in her own skin. In an effort to prove her confidence and self esteem to the rest of the world, she enters the very beauty pageant that her mother is judging. Now, combine all of that with a boy who wants to date her, stiff competition from the rest of the pageant princesses, and a world that wants to see her as the fat feminist savior of the pageant circle, Willowdean "Dumplin" Dickson has her work cut out for her.
I can most closely describe this film as the anti-Insatiable. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Insatiable is a Netflix series that released earlier this year. It also centers around an overweight teen and a pageant circle. The main difference? The girl goes from overweight to skinny in the first episode. The people who made the show tried to say that it was satire, but what we got instead was an offensive, tasteless, out of touch show that had nothing positive to contribute to society. Dumplin dares to be different. In this film we can expect messages of body positivity, self confidence, friendship and other well constructed themes that young women everywhere can learn from. The trailer conveys heart, humor, and heaven sent messages of self worth, which is something that we so desperately need in our current culture. Give the trailer a watch and let us here at Narrative know what you think.