Video of this review of I FEEL PRETTY @ https://youtu.be/Kq7g3os2Hhk
People admire physical beauty the world over. We are all conditioned to notice and overvalue handsome men and beautiful women. And that’s the subject of the surprisingly good I FEEL PRETTY starring Amy Schumer as an ordinary woman who doesn’t even try to compete with more attractive females.
Clerk: Sizing is a little limited here in the store, but you could probably find your size online.
Schumer is Renee, who feels less than pretty wherever she goes and especially on dating websites.
Renee: No one even looks at the profile. They only care about the picture, and I’m sick of it!
Renee: No matter how many times we hear that it’s what’s on the inside that matters, women know deep down that it’s what’s on the outside that the whole world judges.
But then she has a bad fall from an exercise bike and is knocked out.
Worker: You OK? You hit your head pretty hard.
Renee (looking in a mirror): That’s me. That’s me? Oh my god do you see this?
Renee: I’m beautiful!
Even though she hasn’t changed a bit, her delusion of being beautiful gives her the confidence to act like the person she’s always wanted to be.
Renee: I know you guys don’t recognize me, but it’s me, Rene.
She even picks up a sensitive guy, mistakenly believing that he’s flirting with her.
Unfortunately, Renee now buys into the same overvaluing of physical attractiveness that she once disdained. Here, she applies for a job as a receptionist with a fashion company.
Employer: Most girls view this as a stepping stone.
Renee: I hear you, and yes, modeling is an option for me. You are taking a risk. But it’s not who I am.
The film gets the audience to wonder what will happen when Renee someday sees herself the way she really looks.
Will her new life fall apart or will she gain some wisdom from what she’s been through?
I FEEL PRETTY is a sweet, funny rom com. It’s got a few flaws and is probably about 15 minutes too long, but it’s enjoyable entertainment that has something worthwhile to say.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org