By Allison Beatty
“I Feel Pretty” is a comedy rollercoaster that stops right before it jumps the shark and stays true to its message.
The film stars stand-up comedian and producer of the film Amy Schumer as Renee Bennett, a woman struggling with insecurities over her weight and appearance, who suffers a head injury and believes she has become the most beautiful woman on the planet.
She even compares her looks to a Kardashian, “from the Jenner side.”
Following her trauma and new outlook on life, she begins living like the entirely new person she thinks she is.
Her posture changes, her wardrobe changes, and she does things that were unthinkable to her days before, such as when applying for the receptionists job at the multimillion dollar cosmetics company, Lily LeClaire.
Bennett meets with the sheltered fashionista company CEO, Avery LeClaire, played by Michelle Williams.
It’s her self-confidence that ultimately wins LeClaire over and she gets the job. The film’s best moments are the comedy.
The entire audience laughs so much it was sometimes hard to hear what the characters were saying.
The jokes are hilarious, Schumer is the perfect adorably-dorky woman, and the supporting cast makes everything she does even funnier with how confused they are that this average-looking woman is touting herself as a supermodel, especially when she’s surrounded by actual supermodels.
Renee Bennett is a relatable character with the all-too-human issues of inadequacy and low-self-image.
The change in how she carried herself once she saw who she always imagined she could be is a testament to the old adage; “When we feel beautiful, we are beautiful.”
Moviegoers will empathize with Bennett and see themselves in her.
“I Feel Pretty” is not only focused on the struggles of plus-sized women to conform, it also briefly delves into the insecurities and issues of who society typically portrays as beautiful women.
Avery LeClaire struggles with inadequacy because she’s constantly under criticism of her grandmother Lily played by Lauren Hutton, the founder of Lily LeClaire, and is self-conscious about her extremely high-pitched voice.
Bennett also interacts with a supermodel-thin woman at the gym, who’s very attractive and gets hit on often but still gets broken up with.
The film shows that even the people who seem to “have it all” are exactly the same as anyone else, human.
The movie does come close to falling into the tired old cliche of “successful person starts alienating their friends and becoming the self-absorbed jerk they used to hate,” but it thankfully never reaches its breaking point.
There is no actual nudity, but it does come close during the only sex scene the movie has.
The film is rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive themes.