By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Amy Schumer’s new movie, “I Feel Pretty”
is getting bashed by just about everyone, except me. I liked it just fine. I’m secure enough with my insecurities to totally appreciate an empowering message driven rom-com about self-acceptance. It’s also not a bad takeaway for young girls and women in general who often feel obligated to adhere to society’s definition of “beauty.”
Plus, “I Feel Pretty” is actually pretty funny. It’s also nice that’s it’s PG-13 and further proves Schumer can still be hilarious without always relying on lewdness and profanity for laughs.
Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“How to be Single” and “The Vow”) directed and co-wrote “I Feel Pretty” and Schumer is a co-producer of the film.
Schumer, plays Renee Bennett, a 30-something New Yorker who sees her less than successful life zipping by and she hates it. It doesn’t help that she works in a dumpy basement job placing orders for Lily LeClair cosmetics alongside her equally depressing co-worker, Mason (Adrian Martinez, TV’s “No Activity”).
Although Renee has skills and plenty of enthusiasm to offer the firm, it’s not enough for her to work at LeClair Cosmetics corporate office which is founded by Lily LeClaire (the always beautiful Lauren Hutton). Only “super beautiful” women can work there. Lily’s high-pitched voice daughter Avery (a terrific Michelle Williams, upcoming “Janis”) runs things, but Lily really makes the final decisions.
Renee’s confidence is constantly being shaken at every turn, but especially when she goes shopping at a trendy boutique and is told rather coldly by a saleswoman that they don’t carry her size and she’d probably have better luck shopping online.
Of course, Renee’s best friends Vivian (Aidy Bryant, TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia”) and Jane (Busy Philipps, TV’s “Drunk History”) accept her unconditionally. Sure, they would like to be swept off their feet by some cute guy, but in the meantime, they still have fun just hanging out with their crazy friend.
At her SoulCycle gym class, Renee hops on her spinning bike, breaks it and takes a nasty fall and even splits her pants.
When she comes out of her daze, Renee suddenly sees herself as strikingly beautiful. She’s stunned at her “transformation.” So is Tasha, (a very funny Sasheer Zamala (TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and “BoJack Horseman”), a worker at Soul Cycle who seems more confused than Renee is especially when Renee asks Tasha to feel her rock-hard abs. They aren't rock hard. They're flabby.
Now, Renee feels as if she’s on the same level with her “perfectly gorgeous” gym mate, Mallory (Emily Ratajkowski, TV’s “Easy”).
But therein lies the rub in “I Feel Pretty.” Nothing physically about Renee has changed since her fall. She looks the same. It’s all in her head.
However, her confidence is through the roof. Feeling powerful and pretty, Renee decides to apply for the receptionist job at the LeClair’s corporate office. When Renee struts in the place, she dazzles her interviewers Helen (Naomi Campbell, TV’s “Empire”) and Avery (Williams) and winds up getting the job.
She even makes a play at Avery’s brother Grant (Tom Hopper, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and wins him over too with all her newfound hotness.
But it’s when Renee falls for a regular, nice guy named Ethan (Rory Scovel, TV’s “Another Period”), that “I Feel Pretty” becomes a sappy, but tender little love story.
Their scenes together are priceless, especially when they go to a bikini contest at a bar and Renee decides to enter it at the last minute.
The laughs in “I Feel Pretty” come at a steady clip thanks largely to Schumer’s perfect comedic timing and sheer physicality. I was feeling and enjoying every moment of it.
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Take A Peek At This Trailer For "I FEEL PRETTY"