I Feel Pretty
Time Out says
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.
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