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Poorly made fluff piece
7 April 2009 | by (Yonder) – See all my reviews

This is classified on the IMDb as a "documentary" but it's nothing more than a superficial fluff piece and not a very well-made one. It plays a promo piece for Dolly Parton's amazing charity work, the Imagination Library, which gets books to children in low-income communities to promote literacy.

With a character like Dolly Parton, you think this piece would be dynamic and fun, but it's so poorly put together, it's painful to watch. The best bits feature Dolly's sparkling personality and outrageous outfits. Less exciting are the seemingly pasted in moments with families that have benefited from the charity. The problem is you never feel you know who these people are. Where are they from and why is this charity so important to them? The interviews are drab and lifeless.

Worse, though, are the "celebrity" bits that are peppered throughout. Most of the time you're asking yourself, "who is the heck is that???" When Miley Cyrus adds her shallow two cents, it feels out of place, as if the Producer thought, well we managed to score an interview with Miley Cyrus, so we've got to throw it in! Again, the celeb interviews don't seem to tie in with the subject at hand. Just a bunch of comments about how great a person Dolly is.

See it if you're a Dolly fanatic, but don't expect anything entertaining and especially don't expect a documentary. This is fluff at best.


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