I Feel Pretty, the latest movie starring Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski and Michelle Williams is a comedy about a woman who suddenly finds plenty of self confidence following a head injury.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, there are only really two things right about this film. Firstly, its intention to inspire women, young women especially to stop letting society tell them what is beautiful, so they can find the confidence to go after what they really want. The second positive is the casting of Michelle Williams. Williams is generally as elevating a talent as the best of them, but even I Feel Pretty proved too great a burden for the lovely Wiliams.
The truth is, I definitely laughed a little once or twice, mainly because of the humorous moment(s) where a line reminded me of what made Schumer’s Comedy Central TV show so good once upon a time. Unfortunately though, I just happened to cringe far more than I laughed overall. There was a scene at the beginning that I felt already made its point. Yet it stretched on and on. There are moments where my eyes rolled in disappointment – in one particular instance due to the use of a story telling device that seemed rushed / ad hoc, as well as lazily executed.
Even with all the cringing and eye-rolling, a point did actually arrive around the first half way point where I thought the terribleness had ceased and now everything will be less bad. But then something cringeworthy happens again! Cringeworthy because of the badly executed story. Cringeworthy because of what felt like over-acting by Schumer on a number of occasions and cringeworthy because someone decided that this final draft of I Feel pretty really was worthy of being the final draft.
I kept watching I Feel pretty when I could have stopped because this movie and Schumer’s previous film Snatched (2017) aside, I usually enjoy her work.
Definitely watch Schumer’s Comedy Central TV show instead. It’s certainly better than the above mentioned movies.
Happy Film loving