I FEEL PRETTY
This is an Amy Schumer comedy that is light, fun to watch and has a great message. Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a single woman in New York, who has body issues and a poor self image. Renee Bennett wants to look like a super model. She feels that she is invisible to men because of her looks. Renee has two best friends, Jane (Busy Phillips) and Vivian, (Aidy Bryant of SNL fame), that are more comfortable with their “plain” looks.
Renee decides that she needs to take a spinning class to “shape up.” The bicycle is not her friend. After she wakes up from a nasty bang on her head when she falls off the bike; she looks in the mirror, and sees the image that she has always wanted. She is beautiful. Renee doesn’t think anyone recognizes her now that she is so gorgeous. This “beauty” gives Renee all the confidence she needs to meet a new guy, Ethan, (Rory Scovel) and apply for a job that she considers ideal – a receptionist at a cosmetics company, Lily Le Claire Cosmetics, for less money than she is currently making.
Michelle Williams plays Avery Le Claire, the mousey head of the company started by her Grandmother, Lily Le Claire, (Lauren Hutton, a real life former super model.)
Renee becomes a valuable employee at Lily Le Claire and is somewhat stalked by the handsome brother of Avery, (Tom Hopper) when she gets a second bang on the head and no longer finds herself beautiful. At this point the comedy ramps up as Renee doesn’t want all her new acquaintances to see what she looks like now that she is back to looking like Amy Schumer. Anybody, who has felt that she/he would have a better life if only he/she were better looking can relate to this film.
Kudos to the Directors for not using any special effects to make the image of Amy Schumer look beautiful after her fall. She looks like Amy Schumer. It is all in her mind and we see what her friends see not what is in her mind.
“I feel Pretty” was written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. An interesting note, Marc Silverstein is married in real life to Busy Phillips who plays Jane.
This film has perfect timing with the “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements supporting women in the workplace and in life.
I was delighted that there was NO bad language or nudity. This was a fun well-written, well-acted comedy, I think the men will enjoy this film too.
“I Feel Pretty” is playing at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12. AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, Jerseyville Stadium and Granite City Cine.