I Feel Pretty: Writing-directing duo Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein make their feature film debut with the Amy Schumer-led film, I Feel Pretty. The film sees Schumer as Renee, an insecure woman who gains an extreme boost in her confidence after hitting herself in the head. Joining Schumer is Rory Scovel as Renee’s love interest, Ethan, and Michelle Williams as Renee’s boss, Avery LeClaire. Rounding out the cast are Busy Phillips and Aidy Bryant as Renee’s two best friends, Jane and Vivian respectively. This is not a perfect film, but it is one that most people can have fun with.
The film starts off with Renee trying out a spinning class for the first time, in which she suffers an embarrassing accident. From then, there is a lengthy montage of Renee struggling with her body image in her every day activities. This opening sets the tone for the film. It tells the audience right away that this is a character whose self-esteem is extremely low, painting a clear picture as to where the story is going. However, it also highlights one of the film’s major flaws, which is its pacing. Enough happens in that initial class to where the audience understands what this character is struggling with, so having that extra montage is repetitive and completely unnecessary.
The pace of the film begins to pick up once Renee suffers the accident that makes her see and think of herself as beautiful. It is great to see this film not go the same route as films like Shallow Hal, where the audience sees a different actor in order to highlight that they look different or “better”. This accident causes Renee to come out of her shell and put herself in situations she wouldn’t otherwise be in. She applies for her “dream job” and she even asks a guy out. A big part of the comedy in this film comes from the situations Renee finds herself in because of her newfound confidence. While this makes for plenty of jokes that land, there are just as many that don’t.
As far as the cast goes, I Feel Pretty offers a mixed bag. Amy Schumer is uses her charisma to help carry the film and does especially well when she keeps herself from going too over-the-top with the comedic bits. Michelle Williams gives an odd performance that gets more annoying the longer the film goes. Her character sort of feels like high-pitched stereotype of what blondes are perceived to be. She doesn’t really have a defined purpose in the film, nor is she given the ability to fix her own issues. Rory Scovel as Ethan is endearing, but his character disappears from time to time and becomes more of a plot device rather than a fully-fleshed character.
Overall, I Feel Pretty is a funny, but thinly-layered film. Its intentions are good, but the execution falters along the way. For a film whose message is that what matters most about a person is the inside, most of its time is spent talking about the superficiality of all the characters. By the time the film ends, there is still no real sense of who Renee really is on the inside. The second act is much longer than it needs to be, while the third act is much too short to get a proper resolution that makes better sense. Despite its many flaws, however, this film still manages to give its audience a good time. There is enough humor and charisma from the characters to be able to have fun watching this film.
I Feel Pretty Movie Review
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|DIRECTOR:||Marc Silverstein, Abby Kohn|
|RELEASE DATE:||April 20 2018|