“I Feel Pretty” stuns audience

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In “I Feel Pretty,” Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) works for Lily LeClair’s online division, located in a basement in Chinatown with only one co-worker (Adrian Martinez). Bennett has a very low self-esteem as a result of not being confident in her body image. However, once she suffers an embarrassing head injury during a SoulCycle class, Bennett believes she has become a different, more beautiful woman.

The film, although almost dreadfully silly and over-dramatic, has an element of realness to it. The different insecurities faced by the main cast help shine a light on the issue of low self-esteem.  While it is not the first film to tackle this issue, “I Feel Pretty” shows each of the main characters’ insecurities, while the majority of films that are about self-esteem only show one or two of the characters’ insecurities. Bennett’s boyfriend  (Rory Scovel) deals with insecurities about his masculinity. Bennett’s boss, Lily LeClair  (Michelle Williams), is insecure about her voice and Lily’s brother, Grant LeClair (Tom Hopper), is insecure about his wealth.

Although it is vital to Bennett’s development, the subplot with her two friends is not executed very well. Whenever her friends are on the screen, the movie immediately becomes sillier.  Many other characters face similar issues with underdevelopment, such as both Lily and Grant LeClair. Grant LeClair seems irrelevant to the overall story; he appears on the screen randomly and does not add any value to any scene except for an extremely sudden and useless interaction with Bennett. His insecurity is also developed the least of all the characters. His sister, Lily, grabs the audience’s attention each time she’s on the screen, but her character also feels somewhat underdeveloped.

“I Feel Pretty” at its core is a typical Amy Schumer film. Like her previous ones, “Snatched” and “Trainwreck,” the film’s comedy stems from Amy Schumer’s character’s awkwardness and clumsiness. Similarly, to Schumer’s other two films, the humor in “I Feel Pretty” is a hit or miss. Many of the jokes in the film are misses or less-than laugh out loud funny. However, there is more emotion in the most recent Schumer work. While “Snatched” explored the bond between a mother and her daughter, it did not have a lot of substance. Although “I Feel Pretty” succumbs to a lot of the same faults as other comedies, it rises above many films in terms of its substance.

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