Hated the trailer for 'I Feel Pretty?' Amy Schumer has something to say about that

A movie that cleverly pokes fun at the artifice of a consumer culture created to exploit our insecurities.

"I've been doing less standup, just because it's not amusing", Schumer says of the country's current political climate, as "tears come to her eyes", according to Time. The movie is co-written and co-directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.


Amy Schumer: The message of this movie. "We want women to feel empowered, we don't want anything to hold them back", she explained. We're talking Sandler-esque levels of laziness. Chances are she'd get her way just because most people would try to avoid a confrontation.

Deconstructing comedy is a thankless task. Which is to say, think of Schumer or rom-coms or rom-coms starring Schumer what you will, it's a pretty human film. That this reviewer finds it a sucking chasm of humor doesn't mean that some viewers won't find it hilarious. Instead I see it as a mirror: This is the way our society makes women feel about their bodies, regardless of what size we are. The broad, fitfully amusing finished film proves the outrage both right and wrong: while it does ultimately deliver life lessons of empowerment coming from within, it also plays on perceptions of Schumer's appearance for misguided laughs (witness a lengthy erotic dance set-piece) and stirs up a hornets' nest of issues around body shaming, privilege (Schumer is white, affluent, attractive) and beauty ideals that it fails to reconcile within its comedic, nearly fairy-tale tone. The way the modelesque women who populate the beauty company Lily LeClair recoil in horror from Renee is implausible at best (though Michelle Williams is inspired in her specific fashionista performance choices). She has friends (played by Aidy Bryant of "Saturday Night Live" and Busy Philipps of "Vice Principals") and plenty of smarts, but zero confidence and a barren dating life. Valiantly, Michelle Williams takes the role of cosmetics firm CEO Avery LeClair, a supremely put-together woman who looks like Gwyneth Paltrow but sounds like a sedated version of Lina Lamont from "Singin' in the Rain". She struts out of the studio oozing the newfound confidence and moxie of a cover girl. Are we supposed to sympathize with them or her? Of course that is the way only she sees herself, not others, but it has a crippling effect on her life and career - uneil she takes a nasty fall while participating in a SoulCycle class.


The message? Personality is more important than rock-hard abs. "She never does the easy thing".

Indiewire's David Ehrlich also found more to enjoy about the film, calling it "an open-hearted and occasionally amusing story of self-confidence". Still laboring under the delusion of her concussion-induced beauty, she packs her ample backside into skimpy shorts, pours water over her breasts, and prostitutes herself before a group of leering men at a bikini contest. I'd even say it's probably a better movie than it was a trailer; the trailers show you all of the cringeworthy moments with no investment in the characters or storyline.


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