I really like Amy Schumer.
Not only is she a charismatic and likeable actress, she’s downright funny. I Feel Pretty would be a flop without her, but she salvages the film with her special brand of self-depreciating humor.
The story of an insecure woman who hits her head and magically starts believing she’s “beautiful”, I Feel Pretty has a very simply premise that’s immediately endearing. There’s the obvious hilarity of the situations Amy’s character finds herself in, but there’s also a heartfelt and empowering message about believing in yourself and finding the confidence within. Movies with positive themes such as this one are always welcome in my book so major props to Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (yes the film has two directors but their vision is thankfully cohesive).
Unfortunately, the film drags on in unnecessary fashion. There’s a good 15 minutes that slow down the narrative’s momentum, and they could have easily been trimmed. With comedies like this one, the script shouldn’t linger, or the jokes tend to wear thin. Nevertheless, the damage isn’t fatal, and Schumer is thoroughly hilarious even in the film’s weak spots.
Schumer’s support cast is a bit hit and miss. Michelle Williams is surprisingly hilarious as Avery Le-Claire, Renee’s eccentric boss with an unforgettable voice, while Rory Scovel is terrific as Schumer’s love interest. Unfortunately, Emily Ratajkowski is severely miscast as Renee’s fitspiration. The actress simply doesn’t have the skills to pull off her subplot, and I was far too distracted by her forced acting to buy into the duo’s climactic heart-to-heart.
It’s a bit too long for its own good, but I Feel Pretty is a charming enough vehicle for Amy Schumer that it ends up being a memorable little comedy.