Film Review: I FEEL PRETTY (USA 2018)

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A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

 

I FEEL PRETTY is an Amy Schumer vehicle which she produces and stars in.  The simple premise  revolves around Renee Barrett (Schumer), an ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis.  During a cycle fit spin class, she suffers a big fall and wakes up from it believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman in the world, despite looking the same she has always looked.  With this new found confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly.

It is expected that a film based on one joke would quickly run out of steam.  This is obvious when the film has to resort to a nose picking joke at the film’s climax.  There are few surprises in this lazy comedy which runs like a predictable Harlequin romance from start to end.  

Renee has to learn that being pretty means pretty on the inside and not on the outside.  This means that the audience has to be drummed with this obvious message.  The message comes unashamedly at the end when Renee delivers a full blown speech on how the most important thing in life is oneself and not the outward beauty.  Awkward enough, for a film that is supposed to have an anti-pretty message, it is very noticeable that most of the cast are good-looking.  The most ridiculous is the one scene where it can be observed that all the extras walking down the street in NYC are drop-dead gorgeous.

The cast includes Lauren Hutton who has been absent from the screen for quite a while, playing the matriarch of the LeClaire cosmetics company.  Also in the cast is model Naomi Campbell who has earned the horrid reputation of being a terrible human being to work with on set.  It would be interesting to hear what trouble this one has caused on the set.

Schumer is  perfect in the role of Renee, being pretty, yet not pretty enough.  Schumer is brave enough to show off her not-so-perfect body, especially in the bar bikini contest segment, one of the film’s few spirited moments.  Michelle Williams is just plain awful here but Tom Hooper is a good sight for sore eyes.

The film runs similar along the lines as the last comedy release BLOCKERS.  Mildly funny at best, both films run out of jokes and surprises very fast.  I FEEL PRETTY has the joke on Renee’s fall happen 30 minutes into the movie.  The first 30 minutes shows Renee in her everyday life, which is as plain and unfunny as the person.  Example: the long stretched joke about the wide shoe size is a used joke that is ‘stretched’ too long for its own good.  Like the entire film.

The film might appeal as a feel-good movie for audiences that need to feel better about their appearances.  Still, if the film contains enough hilarious comedic set-ups, this film might have been worth a visit.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmU6b09s6VE

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