After watching the trailer for I Feel Pretty, you’ll probably join the droves of people (me included) who thought this might be a misstep by Amy Schumer. Especially with the success of Trainwreck and her stand up specials – it seemed like she was on a roll.
Schumer plays Renae, an IT worker for a beauty magazine. She wants to apply for a role in the 5th Avenue building – worlds away from her small, shared office in the back streets of Chinatown.
Like most of us, Renae suffers at the hand of confident, savage and incredibly blunt people. When someone at the gym treats you like you’ve never exercised before or someone in a shop assumes you must be buying for your slimmer friend, we’ve all been there, right?
As she attempts to better herself via personal appearance and improved body confidence, an accident involving her pony tail and an exercise bike knocks her spark out. She wakes up to find she’s got a brand new, beautiful body that only she can see.
The beauty she feels resonates and it’s not long until her new found confidence transports her to heights she hadn’t thought possible – simply by being herself. People start to be dazzled by her, even though she looks exactly the same.
Although there are moments where her undeniable beauty get in the way of her relationships, Renae’s core business and social acumen catapult her career.
It’s a funny film and Schumer is loveable for the most part. There’s some on the nose humour, but there are general laughs for everyone and even a few moments where you actually connect with Renae (especially those who struggle with body and life confidence).
Sure it’s not out to win awards, but it’s uplifting and Rory Scovel somehow out does it and is my new favourite Amy Schumer beau, sorry Bill Hader.
My best advice is to ignore the trailer. It makes it seem like a blanket statement: there’s a positive correlation between female success and appearance. When actually, it’s an uplifting narrative about the potential of women once societal-imposed insecurities are overcome.