“You don’t have to be scared of what other people are thinking. You don’t need to feel judged by other people.”
DUMPLIN’ a dramedy released Friday on Netflix, follows an outspoken heavy weight teenage girl named Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s known as Will to her friends and Dumplin’ to her mother (Jennifer Aniston), a former beauty queen who now runs the local Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant. In her small Texas town, Will confidently ignores comments about her weight and listens to Dolly Parton songs obsessively.
Inspired by her late, beloved aunt (Hilliary Begley), a trio of local drag queens and her idol Dolly Parton — who contributed the original song “Girl in the Movies” that scored a 2019 Golden Globe nomination — Willowdean decides to enter her mother’s pageant in protest and vies for the title of Miss Teen Blue Bonnet to prove that everyone has a beauty queen body.
This American coming-of-age comedy film was directed by a woman, Anne Fletcher and adapted from Julie Murphy’s novel of the same name. Watch the official trailer here: