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I Feel Pretty Only Shows The Ugly

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Submitted by Joel on Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:29

I like Amy Schumer, but I don't LOVE Amy Schumer. She has some funny ideas and this is one of them (although it's pretty close to Shallow Hal). Sadly, though, it's just not my kind of movie. It's got some good moments, but for the most part, it's not great. It's one of my least favorite movies that she's done.

I Feel Pretty tells the story of a girl that wishes to be pretty, then gets bonked on the head and believes her wish was granted. My problem is that the movie's main character, Renee, isn't a very good person. She's shallow and looks-obsessed while being plump and fashion-challenged, which is very odd. If she cares so much about looks, why not work for it? The movie makes it seem like it's simple to be pretty: just be born that way. If you aren't, then you're pretty much screwed, cuz pretty girls get everything they want... until she realizes that maybe pretty girls are people, too and personality goes a long way. This isn't much of an epiphany, though, for the audience. A terrible person becoming average isn't really that great of a concept. 

The movie tries to have a good message, but it fell flat for me. Some people value beauty a great deal, so they sacrifice for it. The movie even makes a point of laughing at her for her terrible diet. Being fit isn't easy. I have failed at it for my whole life. It's EASY to be chunky. You just don't do anything and eat what you want. Being fit takes a great deal of sacrifice and willpower. I feel like this movie made it seem like you either have it or you don't. They did point out that attractive people have their own insecurities, too, which I liked. In fact, there was a lot that I liked, but so much that I didn't. Attitude does go a long way, sure. But so does hard work. This wasn't a story about wanting something and striving to get it. It was more about wanting a shortcut to success and finding it. But I wasn't cheering for the main character and that's a problem.