I Feel Pretty: a movie review by Hila Tsor

April 19, 2018 by Hila Tsor
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We’ve all had it drilled into us that beauty is within, and that you should be confident in your own skin. These cliches lay at the heart of the romantic comedy film ‘I Feel Pretty’ directed by Abbey Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

The story follows Renee (Amy Schumer, Trainwreck) who suffers from low-esteem and insecurity. An accident during an exercise spin class makes her think she had woken up as beautiful. The humour is that Renee looks the same to everyone else. With this new-found confidence Renee is able to approach life without fear and is able to improve her life with new opportunities and relationships.

Although, this new attitude crosses into arrogance at various parts of the movie and creates tension between herself and her two BFFs Vivian (Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Life) and Jane (Busy Philipps, Vice Principals).

The movie shows what having confidence, by thinking you’re beautiful, can do. Despite, as I mentioned, the terribly over-done message of the film and the fact that it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, the romcom was quite enjoyable.

The humour was sometimes cheap, and at other times slapstick and was full of cringe-worthy awkward moments but nevertheless had me laughing out loud throughout.

I recommend this as a film to watch on date night, or when out with a few girlfriends. It’s the type of movie you go and see when you feel like having a relaxing night and not think too hard. There is no complex, hidden meaning. Rather, the film is unapologetically blunt in presenting its message. It’s light, fun and fans of Schumer’s previous films and comedic talents should definitely not miss out.

I particularly found the development romantic relationship between Renee and Ethan (Rory Scovel, The House) as delightful to watch. Ethan begun as unsure about the relationship, but grew affectionate towards Renee because of her boldness and fearlessness as a result of her confidence.

The film depicts that people from all walks of life have their own issues and insecurities, including beautiful and successful individuals. How you feel about yourself is everything, and that is what the movie highlights.

This movie will definitely get a few laughs out of you if you enjoy romantic comedies. The sex scene, partial nudity and language makes it suitable for the 15+ crowd.

 

3.5/5

Release Date: April 19, 2018

Rating: M

Running Time: 110 min

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