DUMPLIN’

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HOW do you sur­vive when you’re a frumpy Texas teen (Danielle Mac­don­ald) but your mum (Jen­nifer Anis­ton, pic­tured) is a for­mer small town beauty queen? This is Will­dowdean Dick­son’s un­com­fort­able re­al­ity – so she de­cides to join the pageant to make a very painful protest. With hints of Muriel’s Wed­ding and Toni Col­lette’s por­trayal of small-town mis­fit, Muriel, who re­lies on Abba songs to get by, Wil­lowdean finds her suc­cour in Dolly Par­ton hits and a bar of help­ful drag queens (cue Priscilla: Queen of the Desert ref­er­ence) as her per­for­mance men­tors. A feel­good, com­ing-of-age flick that touts the ugly duck­ling mes­sage with en­ter­tain­ing alacrity.

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