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Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tribute concert docu is best for diehard Dolly fans.

Movie NR 2021 55 minutes
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This filmed concert could appeal to a variety of audiences thanks to its diverse cast of performers, but the hour-long tribute will primarily draw fans of country music icon Dolly Parton. Some performances in Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute are stronger than others, but all are enjoyable and each offers a unique take on the original music. The highlight by far is gospel singer Yolanda Adams' rendition of "I Will Always Love You," Dolly's biggest hit ever, made famous by Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard. As a live tribute, this was probably a lot of fun to attend, evidenced by the audience reaction shots (where we see, among others, Nancy Pelosi).

As a filmed event, the picture has its shortcomings. It's distracting that many of the performers appear to be reading lyrics while singing. Group Little Big Town, introduced as the event's hosts, disappear from the film early on. Dolly's thank-you speech comes across as strangely stilted for such a natural performer and joke-teller. Miley Cyrus's asides -- mid-song about her short skirt ("Sorry, Dad") or in a closing speech affirming she likes getting high -- are unfitting for the occasion. If you're looking for films featuring Dolly's life story or music, there are better options out there, like documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am.

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