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Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
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...there's so much willful, joyful uplift in the final scenes, it's hard not to buy into every aphorism re-upped from the classic Dolly playbook.
This is a generous movie, and an unrepentant fantasy at that, so it's hard not to meet it with openheartedness.
"Dumplin'" has been so carefully calculated, it's a wonder it plays as warmly and sincerely as it does.
Dumplin' isn't a story that uses a skinny, conventionally pretty protagonist to pick apart a realm that rewards women exactly like her. It's more imaginative than that, open to the idea that beauty itself is more expansive and subjective.
A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy.
It presents a world that's a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more willing to see the good in people than the current standards these days.
Brilliantly adapted by Kristen Hahn and directed by Anne Fletcher, Dumplin' will inspire any woman of any age to love who they are despite what society says we should look and act like.
It's a rare moment that I can say a movie is better than the book from which its story sprung.
Not as bad as it sounds, as it enables the release of some smart emoting, plenty of sequins and some satisfying homespun humor.
Dumplin' is uplifting without getting preachy and has nailed the idea of self-love better than we've seen on-screen before.
If there's anything this film should teach its audience, it's that while you may not always have your act together, there's nothing a little Dolly Pardon and some red shoes can't turn into a fun night.
A delightful coming-of-age story that's as sassy and willful as the Dolly Parton tunes imbued within it.
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