Oh, and it's on Netflix. 

The forgotten rhetoric of the painfully relatable genre that is teenage girldom has finally picked up pace, as of late, in Hollywood with widely acclaimed films such as Ladybird and Eighth Grade taking global top-spots against some of their better-funded and veteran-cast competitors. 

Seemingly, the people have been wanting more for some time now, and the gaping hole in the market is now successfully being filled by authentic, gut-wrenching tributes to a time we all thought life was against us. 

And the crowd goes wild. 

And Dumplin' boasts that in droves. 

The Netflix-made film follows Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mother's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest against the exclusivity of beauty standards. 

This escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

The piece opens by showcasing the power and romantic nature of female relationships. Willowdean – a young girl who struggles to relate to her mother – centres her life around her celebratory aunt, who bestowed upon her from a young age that life is weighed in memories rather than stones and pounds. 

They both – alongside Willowdean's best friend Ellen – dream of a life where Dolly Parton rules over all, and female empowerment runs supreme. 

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An ode to all young people who once felt like they never belonged or fit in, Dumplin' breaks your heart and builds it back up again with its poignant yet charismatic crescendos of feel-good bliss. 

Furthermore, it is so wonderfully refreshing to see a film where the female lead's love interest doesn't take over the guts of the story.

A much needed Bechdel Test winner as well as a gorgeous portrayal of female love, teenage self-awareness and fright ahead of a world that you may not be sure is ready for you – Anne Fletcher's triumph is a masterclass in feel-good cinema. 

Dolly Parton also co-wrote the soundtrack, so you know it's good. 

Dumplin' is available on Netflix. 

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