I Feel Pretty

Film, Comedy
2 out of 5 stars
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I Feel Pretty

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Amy Schumer gets knocked out and awakens with the kind of brain disorder that only happens in rom-coms (ones that gravely miss the point about objectification)

During its almost-two-hour runtime, I Feel Pretty doesn’t once achieve the smart and sassy potency of Amy Schumer’s stand-up routine. The story follows Schumer as Renee, a New Yorker who struggles with low self-esteem and toils away at an unglamorous remote job for a beauty company. Then one day at a spin class, she slips off her bike and a head injury causes her to believe she’s exceptionally beautiful, though her looks haven’t changed at all. The extent to which Renee’s friends, co-workers and dates play along with her newfound perspective is the movie’s plot; ultimately, the lesson we learn – hey, beauty comes from within and confidence is more important than how we appear! – is totally predictable.

As proven in the early seasons of her TV show, Schumer is a talented performer, and her physical comedy here draws some chuckles (as does Michelle Williams’ turn as Schumer’s helium-voiced ditz of a boss), but I Feel Pretty is consumed by an annoying premise that seems practically designed to generate think pieces. While it’s true that Schumer looks more like a 'real woman' than the typical Hollywood star (whatever that means), the most progressive vehicle for her would be one that made no mention of it at all.

By: Abbey Bender



Release details

Release date:
Thursday April 19 2018
110 mins

Cast and crew

Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Amy Schumer
Michelle Williams
Busy Philipps
Emily Ratajkowski
Rory Scovel

Users say (1)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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It is an enjoyable watch overall, although I didn't find it particularly funny. Whilst we still have a long way to go, it is definitely a start to have a movie based all around confidence being attracted and being comfortable in your skin. It is definitely refreshing to see Schumer's openness and honesty as she may not look like your 'typical' female lead, or what is supposed to be considered 'beautiful' in Hollywood but she realises that everything she wished she was, she already had. Michelle Williams also plays a great part in this film and it does a good job in illustrating everyone has their own insecurities and hang ups.