Director: Anne Fletcher

Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush

Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

Brilliantly adapted by Kristen Hahn and directed by Anne Fletcher, “Dumplin'” will inspire any woman of any age to love who they are. The movie it is open to the idea that beauty itself is more expansive and subjective and has nailed the idea of self-love better than we’ve seen on-screen before.

The truth is that it doesn’t completely avoid some common pitfalls of a book-to-screen adaptation, but it is a fun movie about female friendship and self-acceptance. Will mean a lot to a lot of young women who struggle to see themselves in TV and movies, and this feel-good comedy reminds them that they’re beautiful just the way they are…”Dumplin'” is a film well worth your time. Just make sure you have tissues.

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