Rosie’s uttering of that nickname gets Willowdean bullied at college, which leads her to get suspended for kicking a man within the balls. She ends up encourage at home, taking a look thru containers of Lucy’s possessions, and discovers that her beloved aunt used to be planning to enter the Bluebonnet festival the identical 365 days Rosie won. She never did because, Willowdean assumes, of the sizeist prejudices inherit in that form of contest. So as both a memorial to Lucy and a “fuck you” to her mom, Willowdean decides to stage a dispute by collaborating herself. Her experience inspires diverse misfits — equally bullied however entirely earnest Millie (Maddie Baillio) and goth patriarchy-buster Hannah (Bex Taylor-Klaus) — to hitch in as successfully.
Pageants, with their point of curiosity on traditional beauty standards and presentability, are fruitful ground for satire — or tried satire. Sight, to illustrate, Descend Ineffective Dazzling, Miss Congeniality, or even Netflix’s Insatiable. (That final one did now not experience so successfully.) Dumplin’ is successfully extreme of the tradition, however there is a obvious softness for it as successfully, the abiding concept that with some circulation on either side of the argument pageants would possibly in fact be welcoming locations. Rosie desires to be taught to settle for Willowdean as she is, in fact, however Willowdean also has to give into the glamour that Miss Teen Bluebonnet promotes.
Obvious, the festival ways of veteran are fading fairly in right lifestyles. Miss The US, now now not now now not as a lot as, has done away with its swimsuit class so as to device its image extra inclusive. Mute, the image of the healthful, Barbie-esque winner persists. Dumplin’ doesn’t refute that. At the terminate of the day — spoiler-phobes beware — Willowdean is disqualified, however Millie ends in second dwelling to Bekah (Dove Cameron), the microscopic perky blonde Rosie repeatedly concept used to be going to triumph. It be a tiny second that underscores the actual fact that Willowdean did now not in fact elevate out that necessary change. And but piece of me continues to desire the movie received fairly extra anarchist.