Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Lauren Hutton
Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Release date: 4th May 2018
Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) is a woman whose life is full of insecurity. Every day she is faced with people who put her down for how she looks or what she does, even though she is just your average girl. She goes to the gym, only to be faced with women who look like supermodels and wear the skimpiest clothes. She works in a basement for a company named Lily LeClare, a highly respected PR company, and one day whilst delivering a package to their head office, she discovers that they are looking for a new receptionist. It’s a dream job for her so she decides to apply. She goes to the gym but unfortunately whilst in a spinning class, she slips and falls off a bike, hitting her head on the ground, knocking her unconscious. When she comes to, she looks in a mirror and can’t believe her eyes. A wish that she made to become ‘beautiful’ has come true. Sadly though, it’s all in her mind and even though she sees herself as becoming different, everyone else just sees the usual Renee. The result of this is that Renee now has a new found confidence and view of the world. She meets a guy in the local dry cleaners called Ethan (Rory Scovel) and persuades him to take her phone number. Renee now has a confidence she never imagined but will it ultimately be her downfall?
Bought to you by the writers of ‘Never Been Kissed’ and ‘How to be Single’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ tells the tale of an everyday single woman and her struggles with daily life in the modern world.
Even though I’m not really a fan of Amy Schumer’s work or comedy style (I only watched ‘Trainwreck’ for Bill Hader), I figured that the trailer for this film actually looked quite interesting. I started watching it with a slight feeling of apprehension but I actually found myself laughing out loud at various intervals in the film. Amy Schumer is perfect in the role and uses her comic timing to great effect. The ensemble cast is really great as well. I think that the film is meant to be carrying a message of sorts and saying that we are all just as good as each other, however we look, act or sound. People will always be judgemental of others they see as inferior but it’s nice when movies like this are made to make us all feel that bit more accepted in life.
Even if you’re not a fan of Amy Schumer’s acting/ comedy style, do try and give this one a watch. I think, like me, you will be more than a little pleasantly surprised.