Review: Dumplin'

Shine, girl. 

Willowdean (Danielle MacDonald) is the plus sized daughter of a former beauty queen, Rosie. (Jennifer Aniston) She decides to stage a protest by entering her mother's beauty pageant along with her friend Ellen, (Odeya Rush) and ends up inspiring two others Millie (Maddie Baillio) and Hannah (Bex Taylor-Klaus) to go along with her. 

Danielle MacDonald is easily becoming one of the most intriguing new actresses for me. I adored her in Patti Cake$ and Every Secret Thing, so when I saw the trailer for this Netflix film, I knew I'd give it a watch.

What I wasn't expecting was how much I was going to love this. This movie checked so many cliches at first but as I kept watching I stopped caring less and just enjoyed watching it. I even cried a few times. Shocking, I know.

Danielle of course was great as the lead but the one that really stole the show was Maddie Baillio. She did a great job last year as Tracy in Hairspray Live and she's got that same sweet nature and amazing singing voice here Millie is such a positive girl, especially when compared to cynical Willowdeen. The friendships between these girls were so well done and lovely. 

From what I've seen, this is the best feel good movie of the year. Sometimes you just need to snuggle up on the couch and watch something sweet. That's what this is for me.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "You didn't teach me how to live without you." - Willowdean (Danielle MacDonald)


  1. Danielle MacDonald and Jennifer Aniston both nailed it 💜

  2. This sounds lovely, I definitely need a sweet, feel-good movie to cuddle up to. Might save this for Christmas and/or New Year's Eve! Thanks for the review!

    1. I hope you like it! It really did the trick for me.

  3. I'm gonna need to check it out, it looks very sweet!

  4. Aaw man, I was torn last night between watching this or Mowgli...I made the wrong choice!

    1. I watched both of those on the same night back to back lol. This was better.

  5. I've heard varied things about this yet with all of the praise towards Danielle Macdonald. She is awesome as I hope more good things come to her. She's also very pretty.


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