Heart, empowerment, and positive role models in fun Netflix movie!
Dumplin' follows a teen girl named Willowdean (also referred to as Dumplin' by her mother) who struggles from lack of self-confidence regarding her weight and spends most of her time working at the local burger restaurant, listening to Dolly Parton, and hanging out with her best friend, Ellen. Her mother helps manage a local beauty pageant, and in order to protest the fact that only skinny girls can win the pageant, Willowdean and her friends come together and enter it, but encounters a series of challenges along the way. I was very bored with the first 20 minutes of this movie, but when it picked up, I was really intrigued. It's heartwarming, funny and full of positive role models and representation. Danielle Macdonald is quite good as the main character, and the supporting cast is really talented as well. I was refreshed to see drag queen representation is a teen dramedy, which was refreshing and powerful. One of my favorite parts of the movie was the background music, which was almost always Dolly Parton. There's barely any iffy content besides a brief altercation, some suggestive dancing, and brief passionate kissing, but there aren't any sexual references or content. Language is somewhat strong, with one use of "f--k," and two uses of "s--t," and there's no drinking or drug use. Overall, I really enjoyed Dumplin' due to its enjoyable storyline, engaging performances, representation, messages about self-confidence and acceptance, and positive role models. I highly recommend this movie if you or your child is a mature 9-year-old.