I Feel Pretty – Review

Genre  Comedy
Directed by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton
Released on April 20, 2018 (United States)
Duration 110 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 8/10
Channel Netflix

“I Feel Pretty” might be the first of its kind. I’ve seen a bunch of movies where the fat girl becomes skinny and that solves all her problems. But to show that the fat girl doesn’t become skinny and still makes it work? That’s new and I am loving it.

Starring the amazingly talented Amy Schumer, the film deals with how women worry incessantly about their physical appearance and how that affects their daily lives, dating and so on. Amy’s character ‘Renee’ does a job for a makeup company ‘LeClaire’ in a small china-town basement office. She’s a plump woman and she doesn’t like it. She hopes and dreams to be beautiful, never realizing she’s already there.

After wishing away on a coin to be beautiful and an accident involving soul cycling, she wakes up feeling like a new person. With a burst of confidence, she looks in the mirror and admires herself. She becomes this version of herself that never got to shine and we are living for it! Suddenly she takes everything super positively, even going so far as to take part in a bikini contest! She mingles with women who don’t have an ounce of fat on their bodies. She gets together with a man. She’s honestly living her best life. Nothing has really changed, she just sees herself differently.

Being super confident does have its lows though, she tries to change her friends, doesn’t hang out with them as much, and becomes a bit of a brat somewhere along the way.

Renee applies for a receptionist job, to be at the ‘center of it all’. She’s overjoyed when she gets it. The job opens up new opportunities. She ends up flying to Boston, to deliver a speech for LeClaire’s new diffusion line. At the hotel, she bangs her head on the glass and when she wakes up and her former colleague recognizes her, she feels like she’s lost ‘the miracle’ i.e. her beauty. She’s crushed and goes back home and doesn’t see her boyfriend.

In an attempt to recreate the miracle Renee goes to the same soul cycling class, gets the same cycle, but alas it doesn’t work this time. Later, when one of the girls from the class that she’d bonded with is crying, Renee tries to comfort her. In that moment she realizes that even the ‘perfect’ looking girls get dumped and have insecurities. She realizes that they’re all a little flawed and that’s okay.

The movie ends with Renee seeing two pictures of her side by side, one before and after the ‘miracle’. She realizes that they both look the same. It ends with her giving an empowering speech about how girls start off with bundles of confidence and how slowly but surely, its stripped away from them.

I love the movie because it doesn’t make Renee lose weight to become beautiful. “I Feel Pretty” shows beauty in all shapes and sizes without degrading any of them. It doesn’t try to say skinny girls are ugly because they don’t have curves, neither does it say fat girls are ugly because they have too many curves. There’s also a nod to mental health as another character recommends a mental health program after Renee’s speech because I believe she might need it.

In the end, we see Renee again in the same soul cycling class, but not trying to recreate a miracle. This time she’s there because she likes it, because she’s striving to be healthy which is really what we should all work towards, not beauty. Beauty is so relative its impossible to have a box and say what’s within this boundary is pretty and what’s outside is not. It’s ridiculous. Feel yourself girl, you fine as hell!

Video credit – Netflix | YouTube

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