I Feel Pretty Tackles the Idea of Beauty and Confidence

When I first saw the trailer for this film, this was piggy backing off of the not so well received previous film starring Amy Schumer Snatched. I was a bit skeptical as to what would come next for her, and the trailer to her new comedy I Feel Pretty has a great concept. I was very curious to see what they would do with it. It’s no secret that insecurity is something that we all deal with somewhere in our lives. So this film already has a step up with being relatable. Adding someone to star like Schumer, who is funny and also represents the “real woman”, is a great choice to carry out this idea from co -writer/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

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Amy Schumer stars as Renee in I FEEL PRETTY. picture via stx.com

This story involves Schumer as Renee Bennett struggling with her insecurities, mostly with her looks, has a bump on the head and wakes up suddenly feeling like she looks completely different but also beautiful even though she looks exactly the same. She now has so much confidence, she uses her “new looks” to go after her dreams which includes a new job opportunity.

Amy Schumer I believe did a great job in this movie. While there were plenty of supporting actors in this movie, she practically was in every scene of the film, most of them had to do with her balls to the wall of just being vulnerable to show her body and personality of someone who is confident and insecure all in one movie. For the most part the jokes and her comedic style worked. Some jokes did fall flat due to editing and timing of the jokes but overall I got a good laugh.

When she starts to get the confidence that she is beautiful, the transition on how it happened gave off this mystical fantasy side to it. That was one of the things I was curious about going in. Will this be her magically transformed like in the film Big, maybe hypnotized how Jack Black was in Shallow Hal, or we will just have to believe her acting that she really believes she looks different? I liked the way they handled it in the film. For a while there was the same run on joke that she looks so different except she looks the same but afterwards, we got to the root of the movie or I guess the message of the film which is that everyone should really love themselves for being different and not what society wants to you to be whether its looks or personality.

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“She looks great but wait till she talks.” picture via socialnews-xyz

The film did a good job in showcasing that anyone can feel indifferent about themselves whether they are male or female. For instance, Renee’s love interest, Ethan, played by Rory Scovel, did a fantastic job knocking down masculine and male stereotypes and representing a side and thoughts some men may feel when it comes to looks. This is what escalated the movie for me. Even though, the movie is more geared towards a female audience, there was something for men to be able to grab from the film as well. As the film dealt with low self-esteem as the main antagonist, the movie did have a romantic story throughout and for most men, they would put this in the chick flick category.

Pausing on Amy Schumer a little bit, I have to say Michelle Williams was almost a scene stealer in this one. Playing the part of Avery LeClaire, a model and spokesperson of LeClaire cosmetics. Fitting for the plot of the film to have Renee work at a cosmetic firm. Williams character while very beautiful has a bit of a “flaw” when it comes to representing the perfect female and this was a character I have never seen her play before. It was really entertaining to watch her on screen.

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“About to bring all the boys to the yard.” Picture via studentedge.org

If you saw the trailer, there is a scene where Schumer’s character Renee enters in a wet bikini contest but doesn’t have a bathing suit so she has to improvise and she also is competing with women who are smaller than her in size. Schumer gets on that stage and works it out. So full of confidence and love for herself, regardless what she looks like, she won them over with her personality and just having fun. What transpired after that scene speaks a lot about the message of the film and what elevated the story for me. At the same time, it felt a little weird laughing through that scene as she was doing ridiculous dancing and completely doing her own thing and not going by the rules of the runway. I almost got this sense that this was a fat joke scene because we are supposed to laugh at someone who is showing more skin then she should because she isn’t skinny. It is a question of “Are we laughing with her or at her?” The movies does come off a little hokey and a bit formulaic. Some jokes do fall flat and aren’t delivered well but overall this movie was good. There are those who may feel that this movie gives an unrealistic view on how “regular” women feel about themselves or giving the idea that the only way you can feel beautiful and have confidence in yourself is if you visually see yourself as the face of what you believe Is to be pretty. It can also rub people the wrong way that every person who believes they are fat or doesn’t fit into the box of what beauty is supposed to be is never confidence and has an unrealistic idea of how the other side of the fence feels. It all depends on your point of view and how you would like to be entertained.

All I could think about during the film was WWJAD what would Judd Apatow do if he had this under his artistic eye. Known for his take on comedy but with heavy realistic and everyday issues, he would have slayed this concept with flying colors. This is more of a film to be seen by women than men but men can enjoy this movie. If you enjoy Amy Schumer’s comedic style, you will enjoy this film. I Feel Pretty has more of a less serious tone than Trainwreck gave. It fell under the normal troupes of a romantic comedy. Which is a little disappointing. Not a movie I need to see again but I enjoyed the plot and its attempt to try to change the game a little. I wouldn’t see this movie to feel empowered or to get some life lesson to take home with you. If anything this movie should be able to bring up a conversation regarding the topic but this movie clearly doesn’t have all the answers. It is meant to make you laugh and hopefully that is achieved if you decide to give this movie a shot.

3 ½ out of 5

Thank you for reading this review. How did you feel about Amy Schumer’s latest comedy? What is your takeaway from the film? Do you think that the movie gives an unrealistic take on how society works when it comes to looks? Comment below your thoughts and make sure to subscribe to receive notifications on future post. Every movie has at least one fan and I’ll see you at the movies.

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