When I was in 4th grade, one of the most popular girls in my class pointed out my larger than average nose to our 25 classmates. Since then, I’ve spent the last 20 years viewing my imperfection – if you would even call it that – as a handicap. I thought my lack of love interests in middle and high school were a direct result of having a big nose. I would read Cosmopolitan and watch “The O.C.” and wonder what it would be like to look like Mischa Barton. I am more confident now at 29. Still, I have my hang-ups. My nose is too big, my hips are too wide, my toes are too long, and the list goes on.
In “I Feel Pretty”, Renee (Amy Shumer) works as a low-level employee at Lily LeClair, a cosmetics line that’s out of touch with the average woman. Renee, the average woman, suffers from her own set of hang-ups about her appearance. When she’s not spending time with her two best friends, Vivian (Aidy Bryant) and Jane (Busy Philipps), she’s watching YouTube tutorials, buying up beauty products left and right, and cycling to a better (read: hotter) version of herself. While at spin class one day, Renee falls off her bike and suffers a head injury. When she wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror, she sees the version of herself she’s always dreamed of. Her new looks give her the confidence to go after her dream job at Lily LeClair while pursuing a new relationship with Ethan (Rory Scovel), a guy she picks up at the dry cleaners. However, Renee slowly begins to alienate her best friends and others around her that cannot live up to her now higher standards.
I went ready to champion this movie. However, by the end, I was ready to leave. It’s not a bad movie. It’s just not that funny. There are some moments where Avery LeClair (Michelle Williams) had me laughing out loud, and there is a scene in the movie between Renee and Ethan that I enjoyed very much. Still, for a film that touts itself as a comedy, it needs to be funny. Just because you have a comedian starring as the lead doesn’t automatically qualify your film as a comedy.
That said, I loved the overall message of the movie – that our value shouldn’t be dictated by anyone else other than ourselves. Having the perfect bone structure won’t make you happier nor will it make you impenetrable to insecurity. Having confidence and believing in yourself is what makes you feel pretty.