Take The Cake: Is Dumplin’ About Self-Acceptance or Assimilation?
The reviews for the new Netflix movie Dumplin’ are alight with the phrase “self-acceptance,” but I had a very different take-away from the film. Dumplin’ stars crush-worthy Danielle Macdonald as Willowdean, a plus size teen who competes in a beauty pageant in hopes of making a personal and political statement. Her plans quickly turn, however, and she begins to question her relationship to her friends, her love interest and her mother, played by Jennifer Aniston.