Two kinds of people will like this film: Amy Schumer fans, and anyone who is body conscious (meaning: a lot of women). It doesn’t treat Schumer kindly (all the humor centers on her being chubby, yet thinking she’s hot stuff), and that kind of thing will be offensive to some. My very pretty movie companion felt really sorry for the character of Renee, and walked out a bit sad. She expected I Feel Pretty to be a whole lot funnier and seemed a bit downcast about it all.
I actually found this silly fluff movie empowering. Early on, Renee gets knocked out, and wakes up to think she’s suddenly become thin and sexy. While I don’t usually like ‘cringe humor’, I did appreciate that the character of Renee wills herself into a great new life, coasting on pure self-assurance. It reminded me that confidence and a great smile are the best accessories a girl can wear.
Things bog down a bit when she ignores and embarrasses her old friends for the new ones, but that’s presented in a rote fashion (message: don’t ditch your good pals for the new cool crowd). This isn’t what the film is about, though, unlike say, The Devil Wears Prada (which I love; don’t judge). Let’s get back to the point about confidence: just say YES to being vivacious and happy in your skin, no matter what society tries to sell you about unrealistic beauty. It’s presented here that even the skinny models worry about their looks, while portly Renee gets attention and accolades by simply believing she is the total package. Others feel it, and come to believe it too. It’s a nice little reminder for us all.
Movie Grade: C+