‘I Feel Pretty’ is More Toothless Than Offensive

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

I Feel Pretty

As her star has risen from stand-up to her own sketch comedy show to headlining feature films, Amy Schumer has been subjected to some grotesque, misogynistic criticisms from lecherous old men disguised as cultural critics. Schumer hasn’t played the victim when these ridiculous statements are made about her. Instead she used her platform to take these outdated notions of traditional beauty standards and inherent misogyny head-on, be it in her stand-up or on Inside Amy Schumer. The trailer for Schumer’s latest film, I Feel Pretty, was met with instant backlash as it was perceived as reinforcing outdated social norms and was inherently regressive. Of course, a trailer isn’t a finished film, and it’s important for me to view a film before reaching a conclusion. Having now seen I Feel Pretty, I can say with confidence that it’s not the absolute train wreck many envisioned nor is it a secretly progressive comedy that tackles tricky subjects.

In the film Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a young woman working for Lily LeClaire, a high-end fashion company, but tucked away in a dingy office in Chinatown far from the bustling headquarters in Manhattan. Renee is plagued with insecurities over her physical appearance which prevent her from living out her dreams, which mainly consist of being generically pretty and working as a receptionist. (Reach for the skies, girl!) One day after catching the movie Big on cable and placing a wish in a well on a stormy night, Renee has an accident during her spin class and wakes up believing herself to be physically transformed into a model-like beauty. The extent of the humor from this point forward is that Renee has a level of self-assuredness and confidence that someone with her physical appearance is just incapable of.

Written and directed by the duo of Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein, I Feel Pretty really isn’t a comedy that aspires for much beyond the surface level, which is kind of ironic considering the film’s subject matter. Once Renee’s bump on the noggin has instilled her with a delusional sense of self-worth, her dreams come true – she gets the receptionist job, she meets a man (Rory Scovel), and is suddenly a part of the beating heart of high-end fashion. Then emerges the dark side, or so Kohn and Silverstein think. Renee alienates her best friends (played by Busy Phillips and Aidy Bryant) with a condescending attitude that emerges with her emerging swagger. Of course, as expected, Renee is able to make nice with her friends, retain her job and boyfriend, and learn that she had self-worth all along.

What’s so frustrating about I Feel Pretty is the fact that this is comedy that just has no bite. What this movie wants to tackle in just a hair under two hours Schumer used to be able to tackle in a 3-minute sketch. At worst, I Feel Pretty seems like a movie where Schumer is allowing her worst critics to define her. Even more confounding, the movie really has no interest in using the angle of Renee’s employment in a fashion empire to dig deeper into an industry that preys upon insecurities. Instead, Renee is just supposed to oversee a new line of makeup for average women. That’s all there is.

Whatever Kohn and Silverstein are trying to say with I Feel Pretty gets lost because it’s at once formulaic and seemingly incomplete. Often the movie just blurts out the platitudes it’s aiming for without providing much more beyond the incredibly obvious. The film also struggles to balance its characters, creating numerous lengthy laugh-less lulls along the way.

There are a few bright spots buried in I Feel Pretty, most notably the astounding comedic performance from Michelle Williams as Avery LeClaire, the insecure head of the fashion empire which she oversees for her grandmother Lily LeClaire (Lauren Hutton). Williams inflects a high-pitched, almost ditzy voice as Avery and her comedic timing is truly impeccable. Even when the film begins nestling itself into its lulls, Williams enters the frame to perk up a languishing movie. I’d genuinely love to see Michelle Williams do more comedic work after this incredible performance that steals the movie from its comedian star.

Nobody who had apprehensions about I Feel Pretty will be assuaged by the finished film. There are some sporadically funny moments in the film but they’re often overshadowed by its toothless themes and muddled characters. I Feel Pretty is such a disappointment because Amy Schumer has been able to deftly tackle societal norms with efficient, brutally funny sketches, and this film has none of the features that made Schumer a star. This is a movie that feels like it’s trying to placate the most chauvinistic pigs who’ve said vicious things about her. Schumer shouldn’t try to placate them; she should be eviscerating them.

I Feel Pretty
  • Overall Score


A rather generic, by-the-numbers comedy about discovering self-confidence, I Feel Pretty lacks the comedic bite one might expect from Amy Schumer.


Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Philadelphia Film Festival Review: ‘Overlord’ is World War II Monster Mess

It’s June 6, 1944 and Allied forces are preparing to invade...

The Assassin’s Code is a Dynamic Cop Thriller

The Assassin’s Code is an exciting indie film thriller with a...

Mélanie Laurent’s ‘Galveston’ Brings a Light Touch to its Fatalistic Tragedy

Mélanie Laurent is best known as Shoshana in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious...

Event News Event Reviews
Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure: Music, Comedy & Comic Con Festival, Nov 3-4 in Orange County

In less than a month, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure makes its debut,...

The 9th Annual Brew HA HA Craft Beer Photo Gallery

Photos by FanboyNation Craft Beer Expert, Dave Warner. Related

Long Beach Comic Con Photo Gallery


Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Taco Bell Xbox
The Newest Taco Bell Box is an Xbox – Your Chance to Win a Taco Bell Xbox

Taco Bell and Xbox are partnering up to give fans a chance...

Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Eagle Eyes
Protect Your Eyes with Eagle Eyes Glasses – Eagle Eyes TV Kit Review

Eagle Eyes TV Kit review – Feel the difference and get...

Nooligan Talks About His New DC Collectibles Batman Family Line

Visual Artist Nooligan uses the influences of his First Nation ancestry along...

DC Collectibles Brings Batman Dark Nights: Metal to Life

Straight from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL comics series comes...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
PFL 9 Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Semi-Final Results From Long Beach

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Professional Fighters League (PFL) 9 took...

NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleased Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continues its West Coast domination with...

Combate Americas: Camino a Copa Combate Results from Long Beach

Tonight Combate Americas, the premiere Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts organization featured...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring part ??? more of BEHOLD TACOCAT!

The next epic installment in the epic epicness Behold Tacocat! A...

Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter & the Cat Conjuring pt7 subsection1: Behold: Tacocat!

Tacocat comes to Hogwarts but is he friend or FOE?

Cultural Junkdrawer – Why is it so familiar? 2018 Summer movie recap.

In case you haven’t noticed: summer is over. Most of you...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep 5 Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford and The Fourth Estate

This week on Coastal Commoners, R.C. and Gary speak with Riverdale...

Coastal Commoners Ep 4 Talking Baseball with Ernie Paicopolos of FenwayNation

This week, Gary and R.C. speak with Ernie Paicopolos, the Editor-in-Chief...

Coastal Commoners Ep 3 The Dirty World of Politics

Editor’s Note: The views reflected in Coastal Commoners are those of...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Deadpool 2 Vinyl Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Deadpool 2 Score Soundtrack on...

Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

%d bloggers like this: