What comes with an Amy Schumer film is a high-level anticipation of her trademark cut-to-the-quick jibes and take-no-prisoners humour. I Feel Pretty doesn’t disappoint.
Schumer plays Renee who works in the basement of the global LeClair beauty company and craves to work in its shiny glass headquarters of Madison Avenue. But her lack of self-belief prevents her from applying for the going receptionist position.
That is until fate intervenes, following an accident at the gym that allows her to see and show off, the beauty that’s been hidden. With a renewed vigour and self-confidence, a new world opens up to her from behind the front reception at LeClair cosmetics – both professionally and personally. An upside that brings boyfriend Ethan (Rory Scovel, The House) into her life, but a downside that kicks the boot into her old friends, Jane (Busy Philipps, Dawson’s Creek) and Vivian (Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live).
It’s not all glitz and glamour for the beautiful and powerful at the top. Michelle Williams pulls off a tragic-humourous neurotic CEO, Avery LeClair, who feels the glaring disappointment of the company’s founder – her grandmother played by Lauren Hutton. It’s a role that suggests perhaps Williams should do more comedy.
There’s a lot of laugh-out-loud moments here. But the film goes a little overboard in the early stages to establish her character. The film tackles issues of self-image, self-acceptance and what is beauty, with some salient points being made. However, they come a little late in the film.
About I Feel Pretty Movie
Written & Directed by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein
Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps, Aidy Bryant, Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton and Tom Hopper.