I Feel Pretty
Release year: 2018
Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Screenwriter: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hooper, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Adrian Martinez
Struggling with insecurity Renee (Schumer) joins a gym, where she instantly feels like sticking out among the slim and fit women. But when she hits her head after falling of the exercising bike, Renee believes she has changed looks to look like the perfect women. Confident she starts conquering the world with her friends left baffled.
I Feel Pretty isn’t the first movie working with shallowness of judging people by their looks, Shallow Hal (2001) comes to mind, but in this case the looks of the character haven’t changed, except in her own head. Where other movies often work with changing the mind of someone judging others by their look, this stands out by being solely about how the character judges herself and holds herself back from pursuing her dreams out of what she, herself thinks she lacks. It is a solid and relevant subject and in the hands of Kohn and Silverstein (How to be Single, 2016) it never gets dull. To help them serve the subject in a pleasant and humorous way is the comedian Schumer (Trainwreck, 2015) who manage making both the insecure as well as the confident Renee seem believable and very real. She radiates on screen and is one you enjoy watching. Off course, it helps that she doesn’t mind embarrassing herself. The movie has taken some hits from critiques saying it goes the wrong way about dealing with this sore subject, which is ironic considering it is a movie with several females on board, about how women are too hard on themselves and other women, being criticized for doing so the wrong way. Stop a minute and think about that. Schumer’s in top form and the message is clear yet well served. Watch this if you are a woman, with a woman you know or if you know a woman!
The film was originally going to have an R rating.
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