Renee (Amy Schumer) is a woman who is daily struggles with her insecurity and wishes she felt desired by the opposite sex. We see her trying to find a beautiful dress that will fit her body, trying out new hairstyles which only seem to fail and the list goes on. While trying to make herself look and feel better, Renee has an accident at her local gym in which she bangs her head hard on the ground and even gets her hair caught in an exercise bike wheel! Renee wakes up feeling very different and is shocked to find she looks completely different in the mirror. Due to her new and stunning looks, she now has large amounts of confidence (although to the viewers, she seems no different). With determination and looks coming to her like an unforeseen miracle, Renee is ready to take on the world, is more confident than ever and seeks a new change in both her career and her personal love life.
As the film opened up to Renee’s world at the start, I was genuinely enjoying the movie with some minor laughs, and I could feel it was something we could all relate to personally. At some point, we have all been in the same position at Renee with the desire to look better and feel better personally.
Once Renee bumps her heads and sees a significant change in her appearance and confidence, the film takes a messy turn for the worse…
Watching this character, Renee, being confident, feels uncomfortable and delivers many cringe-worthy scenes. While a boost of confidence is functional medicine, in this film the character becomes somewhat cocky and unlikeable. It’s a huge ask to follow this lead considering the film’s runtime is also lengthy for a romantic comedy. It was also unclear to me if when Renee looked into the mirror, she saw herself as being prettier or did she see an entirely different woman. We never find out…
Naturally, we do see all the predictable elements in a comedy such as Renee suddenly climbing the ranks and becoming a significant asset to her company, which deals with marketing “Makeup”. Another disappointing character is Renee’s manager, Avery (Michelle Williams). I’m going, being honest. Avery as a character is also awful to watch. Avery is a character who speaks like a squeaky mouse and is continually getting stepped on by her mother… I started to question what happened to this film as it felt more and more painful as the film progressed.
By the end the credits I feel there is a great moral message to deliver to the world of movie lovers, but I think the overall message is never entirely given in a decent tone that is clear or enjoyable. It’s basically…forgettable.
Overall, I Feel Pretty made me feel more annoyed than Pretty. I love the concept of the plot, and I was thankful to see Amy Schumer as an actress taking on a role that was more than just talking about rude jokes, but someone who was trying to have more heart. The characters are not good ones, and there’s a message here to enjoy, but it’s never really shared, at least not anyway.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden