Schumer shines in pretty dull com­edy

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pri­vate jets, de­signer out­fits and po­ten­tial bil­lion­aire beaus, it be­comes ap­par­ent that she’s start­ing to lose touch with her friends and her real self.

Writer-direct­ing duo Abby Kohn and Marc Sil­ver­stein’s ( How to be Sin­gle, Valen­tine’s Day) cringe con­cus­sion-com­edy suf­fers greatly from plot pre­dictabil­ity, a dose of deja vu and be­ing a lit­tle too daffy for its own good.

Bor­row­ing bits from The In­tern, The Devil Wears Prada, Big and most no­tably Ugly Betty, I Feel Pretty re­ally does feel like one of those high-con­cept 1990s come­dies the Far­relly broth­ers ( Stuck on You, Me, My­self and Irene) ex­celled at.

Think Shal­low Hal, but with a 2018 more fe­male-skewed shift. An over-caf­feinated sound­track doesn’t help pro­ceed­ings and your en­joy­ment will def­i­nitely de­pend on how much of Wil­liams repris­ing her My Week With Mar­i­lyn voice you can stand.

How­ever, as a ve­hi­cle for the tal­ents of Schumer ( Train­wreck) this cer­tainly serves her far better than the un­holy ac­tion­com­edy that was Snatched.

Pretty al­lows her to show the full range of her prowess for phys­i­cal com­edy and comedic tim­ing. It’s just a pity that there wasn’t as much at­ten­tion paid to the script as the cos­tum­ing de­part­ment, be­cause to para­phrase Wil­liams’ air­headed Avery, this movie is ‘‘su­per weird’’ and only partly ef­fec­tive.

– James Croot

De­spite a some­what thin premise, I Feel Pretty does al­low Amy Schumer to show the full range of her prowess for phys­i­cal com­edy and comedic tim­ing.

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