Dumplin & # 39; Review - Jennifer Aniston's Netflix comedy is more of a trifle movie

Dumplin & # 39; Review - Jennifer Aniston's Netflix comedy is more of a trifle movie

TThe new Netflix movie Dumplin – Glee's Mawkish, Rhinestone-Loved-Child, 1975 beauty contest satire Smile and virtually every episode of Chrisley Knows Best's reality show – is a great playwright about an overweight teenager who finds herself Dolly Parton. As an ode to Backwoods Barbie, who has produced and directed six original songs for the film, Dumplin & # 39; s often fun, as in a scene where a lively group of Texas drag queens are some of the biggest hits of woman Parton performs.

But as a coming-of-age story, as a comedy of the Southern procession or as a story of mother-daughter reconciliation, she's boringly conventional and feels like she's seen it all before, but with more glitter and higher hair.

Directed by Anne Fletcher, also behind great Romcoms like The Proposal and 27 Dresses and based on the popular YA novel by Julie Murphy, Dumplin & # 39; takes place in Clover City, Texas, where a high school named Willowdean Dickson ( a naughty and likeable man) is Danielle Macdonald, who spends her days fending off school killers, waiting for breakfast, and lazing in the pool with her best friend Ellen (Odeya Rush). The film takes its name from the sweet but unintentionally humiliating Sobriquet that Willowdean has assigned from her mother Lucy, played by Jennifer Aniston, whose high octane pageant impression with Holly Hunter is a bit like Toddlers & Tiaras.

Some background: Willowdean was educated by her now deceased Aunt Rosie (occasionally in a voiceover), who introduced her to Parton's music when her sister, Willowdean's mother, took part in beauty contests across the country and hosted beauty contests. And as we open up, Mother-Daughter Rift is alive and humble: in a parade called Miss Teen Bluebonnet, the campy and generously styled Lucy awards thinner, more conventionally attractive, young women, while Dumplin exits the stage considered. her aunt grieving and resentful against her passionate mother.