The Guilt Trip (2012)

Scieoclean!! You won’t see its competitors drink their product unless they wanna shit blood on TV! Yeah, it’s a bad sign that Andy’s first successful sales pitch in the third act is the first real engaging bit in the film (the rest of the rote road trip fodder is pretty weak; Rogan and Streisand have good comedic chemistry but the drama often feels forced–see the sudden hotel blow-up), but it’s at least followed up with a uniquely poignant emotional climax with sister Joyce in San Francisco.

Dumplin’ (2018)


Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. (IMDb)
There’s not a lot of tension or even momentum to be found in the plot (the revolution meets surprisingly few external obstacles, and conflicts with mom or friend appear and disappear) but that’s because at its core it’s simply a story about Willowdean (Macdonald is great) and her touching journey through grief and self-acceptance, and gosh, it has so many beautiful moments (the underdogs performing at the pageant was wonderful of course, but I’m pretty sure heaven will be like that Dolly show).
7/10 (Good)