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"I Feel Pretty" is a predictable, yet humorous tale from Amy Schumer

Updated: Jul 23, 2018


Renee (Amy Schumer) can't believe what she sees in the mirror. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)


Blu-ray, DVD, Digital copy; 2018, PG-13 for sexual content, some partial nudity and language; streaming via Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Best extra: “Being Pretty” – basically a 54-second trailer with terse cast/crew interviews

YOU HAVE to hand it to Amy Schumer. She’s been the box-office draw in three movies since “Train Wreck” in 2015 (which she wrote and starred in), each showcasing her comedic prowess when it comes to self-deprecation and physical humor. “I Feel Pretty” continues along that pratfall path.

Unfortunately, the story is predictable following the playbook from "Big," 13 Going on 30," "Freaky Friday" and "Shallow Hal." A healthy-weight young woman falls off a bike during a spin class, hits her head and pulls out some of her hair in the wheel on the way down. She wakes up to see that she suddenly looks like a super model in the mirror. That’s not to say the end message (yes, you guessed it) isn’t laudable: love yourself for who you are and what you look like, especially in a day and age where every magazine makes even the thinnest girls feel obese. But for Schumer, who has always had fun with her size, the story could have been, well, fresher and better.

Renee with her best friends Vivian (Aidy Bryant) and Jane (Busy Phillips).

Renee becomes a receptionist job for a major New York cosmetic company headed by Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams) and her assistant Helen (Naomi Campbell).

So could have the bonus features. They were meager: six deleted scenes, a gag reel and a 54-second featurette that basically runs less time than an actual movie-theater trailer.

Maybe if Schumer had taken a whack at writing the screenplay herself, or worked with writers/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“How to be Single,” “Never Been Kissed”), there could have been more originality from Schumer’s unique perspective. Still, Schumer has proven to be a draw. Her fans will get a kick out of her heartfelt performance of discovering that looks aren’t everything. Plus, according to Box Office Mojo, the movie made back its money and then some. The production budget was $32 million while the film has grossed domestically $48.8 million. “Snatched,” Schumer’s movie co-starring Goldie Hawn as her mother, cut the margin between cost-to-make and take-in close – earning $48.8 million while it cost $42 million to make.

Regardless of whether your looks let you coast or not, “I Feel Pretty” should make you laugh, at least enough for an enjoyable summer evening on the sofa with some popcorn.

― Toni Guagenti

Love interest Ethan (Rory Scovel) sees Renee as she is even if she doesn't.




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