Amy Schumer is divisive, let’s start with that. She’s crude and she’s alienated a lot of people with some of her comedy and off-handed remarks. If you dislike her, this movie won’t do anything to change your mind, but if you’re a fan of Schumer and her past works like Trainwreck, will this movie be up your alley?
Schumer stars as a woman named Renee who works on the social media for a huge makeup company but is stranded in the basement and yearns to be a bigger part of the company. After a head injury, she suddenly believes she is incredibly attractive and this gives her all the confidence in the world, even though in reality nothing has changed. She gets highly involved in the upper workings of this makeup company and becomes close with the CEO (Michelle Williams) and her charming brother (Tom Hopper). She also begins seeing a man (Rory Scovel) who is head over heels for the real her, even though she doesn’t realize this. We also have her two best friends played by Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Busy Philipps. Rounding out the cast we have Adrian Martinez and Emily Ratajkowski.
This movie surprised me in a lot of ways. I wasn’t really sold on the trailers at all and even though I loved Trainwreck (it was in my top 10 that year), I wasn’t really interested in this. However, I’m super glad I went because I had a great time.
As a comedy, this movie succeeds across the board. On the written page, these jokes are clever and subtle and sharp and it all works. There’s some more obvious humor but it’s an excellent blend to fit all sorts of comedic styles. Schumer delivers a great performance here, regardless of how you feel about her, and her supporting cast is excellent as well. Michelle Williams (yes, 4-time Academy Award nominee) kills it here in a performance that is completely different than anything she’s done. After her serious turns in Manchester by the Sea and All the Money in the World, this is a welcome change and something that proves she’s incredibly versatile.
I was also surprised by how affected I was by the plot. It’s predictable yes, but it’s still incredibly charming and powerful. It’s an inspirational movie about what we could achieve if we really believed in ourselves, but also about the dangers of vanity. It’s perfect for today’s world and you should be able to take a lot from it.
Another standout is the romantic lead of the film Rory Scovel, who I’ve never really seen anywhere. He’s subtle and normal, compared to the outlandish cast that he’s surrounded by. This movie managed to not only create interesting and complicated female characters but also well-rounded romantic male characters that subvert some expectations as well.
What doesn’t work?
This movie is predictable from the get-go, so you’re never quite surprised by where it goes. There’s a few fun twists and turns, but ultimately it’s a refreshing inspirational comedy, so it only has a few options in the end. I didn’t mind the predictability because the journey was such a fun one.
And if you’re not a fan of Amy Schumer’s work, this clearly isn’t up your alley. For everyone else though, this is a surefire pick.
I Feel Pretty was a pleasant surprise. I had zero interest but it’ll likely end up in my favorite comedies of the year. It’s a heartfelt story full of great performances and some top notch comedy, held up by Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, and Rory Scovel. If you want some solid laughs, this is a good pick and might surprise you too.