I’m sure there are a lot of people, reviewers in particular, who will find fault with this film-—but I’m not one of them. In fact, I totally enjoyed it. I laughed a lot, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that at the end of the film, I even teared up.
“I Feel Pretty” is the story of Renee (Amy Schumer), a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem that hold her back in her everyday life. She wants more than anything to be beautiful.
Of course, Renee gets her wish. One day, while taking a SoulCycle class, she falls off her bike and bumps her head hard. When she wakes up, she looks in the mirror and discovers that her wish has come true. Renee sees herself as a super hot beautiful chick with a killer body.
Only thing is, her appearance hasn’t changed one bit. She is the only one that sees herself as a beautiful woman but that’s enough to change her attitude and the way she functions in the world. This sea change leads to some of the funniest comedy bits, and yes, in the end, it even has a great message about accepting and loving yourself.
Sounds corny, right? But it’s actually not, and for a lot of girls out there struggling with body image, seeing this film is not the worse thing they could do.
Renee’s new attitude lands her a dream job as a receptionist for a high-end beauty line run by the fabulously funny Michelle Williams, who almost steals the film. Renee also wins over the owner of the Company, the lovely Lauren Hutton, and in the end, teaches everyone a lesson about how to relate to the “ordinary woman.”
I know this film is going to be very controversial. Some people have even found the trailer offensive. I just went on the ride myself and enjoyed every minute of it. So, you be the judge. I’d love to know what you think.
“I Feel Pretty,” written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, opens in theatres Friday, April 20, 2018.