In new comedy / drama / musical Dumplin‘, the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen decides to sign up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant. Doing so ends up revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town.
Dumplin is directed by Anne Fletcher and stars Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Harold Perrineau, Dove Cameron…
Reasons to be excited about this one include the promise of humour, the fact that I enjoy Aniston in comedy roles and Harold Perrineau in drag as ‘Rhea Ranged.’
Luke Benward, ex Taylor-Klaus, Sam Pancake and Joshua Allan Eads also star.
Taye Diggs, Terence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Monica Calhoun and Harold Perrineau are all back and joined by Eddie Cibrian and John Michael Higgins in The Best Man Holiday (2013); the sequel to the 1999 hit, The Best Man.
I don’t remember actually wishing for a sequel but I sure am glad that it came. I’m even more glad because the write/director of both movies, Malcolm D. Lee took his sweet time with the second film; something that more often than not, leads to a better quality finished product.
Set during the holiday/Christmas period, The Best Man Holiday(2013) brings seasonal cheer and laughter, thanks to the fun banter between the characters. As was the case with the first movie, everything is not all big smiles and good times.
The movie has a good mix of memorable comedy and well executed dramatic moments. One of my favourites of the former category has to be John Michael Higgins’s character’s response to Harper (Taye Diggs) when Harper says ‘I don’t even know if biographies is my thing.’
Watch it if you want to experience some laughter, drama and friendship, especially in testing times. If you love the characters as much I do, let’s all cross our fingers and hope for something great because a third instalment called The Best Man Wedding has been announced.