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I FEEL PRETTY (M)

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LOOKS CAN BE DE­CEIV­ING ... AND OF­TEN NOT THAT FUNNY DI­REC­TOR: ABBY KOHN, MARC SIL­VER­STEIN

STAR­RING: AMY SCHUMER, MICHELLE WIL­LIAMS, BUSY PHILIPPS, RORY SCOVEL, EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

RAT­ING:

When the trailer dropped for I Feel

Pretty a few months ago, things got ugly pretty quickly. Amy Schumer, the star of what most had as­sumed would be a kind of dopey, rather harm­less com­edy, took a lot of the heat.

On so­cial me­dia, you could hear the pitch­forks jab­bing the air as one while Schumer was ac­cused of be­ing a fat-sham­ing, pro-beauty-myth traitor to her gen­der.

Of course, that is not re­ally the case at all. I Feel Pretty is, for the most part, kind of dopey, and rather harm­less as far as come­dies go.

How­ever, the prob­lem with the trailer is still there in the fea­ture-length in­car­na­tion of the movie. It is all to do with an ide­o­log­i­cally shonky premise, seem­ingly cel­e­brat­ing the heal­ing power of hot­ness.

Any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­bil­i­tat­ing case of not­ness won’t be nom­i­nat­ing I Feel Pretty as their feel-good movie of the year, that’s for sure.

The gist of the movie is that Schumer plays Re­nee, a woman in her mid-thir­ties car­ry­ing around dan­ger­ously high lev­els of low self- es­teem un­til ... wait for it ... she falls off an ex­er­cise bike and hits her head.

That gnarly knock on the nog­gin trig­gers a se­lec­tive form of am­ne­sia that al­lows Re­nee to for­get all about think­ing so lit­tle of her­self.

Now when she looks in a mir­ror, Re­nee no longer loathes what she sees. In­stead, the re­flec­tion she can­not stop gaz­ing at is the most ir­re­sistible beauty in the whole of Bos­ton.

As if to prove looks are in­deed ev­ery­thing, Re­nee is sud­denly ex­ud­ing the care­free, all­con­quer­ing self-con­fi­dence of an in­ter­na­tional su­per­model. So here we have the one over­rid­ing joke of

I Feel Pretty: Re­nee looks ex­actly like she did be­fore she clunked her cra­nium. That ‘beauty’ she sees is all in her mind.

You get it? The poor woman doesn’t re­alise she is still a sorta-plus-size plain Jane! She’s com­pletely obliv­i­ous to the fact she is not a rav­ish­ing stun­ner! You get it? You get it? Yeah, we all get it. Nev­er­the­less, the cre­ative team be­hind I Feel Pretty keep hard­selling the soft no­tion that a sup­pos­edly ‘unattrac­tive’ woman mis­tak­enly think­ing she is at­trac­tive is the height of hi­lar­ity.

To be fair, I Feel Pretty never reaches the state of evil, body-neg­a­tive de­nial that the first out­cry on so­cial me­dia pre­dicted.

More than any­thing, it is guilty of be­ing not all that funny, or prop­erly thought out.

RORY SCOVEL AND AMY SCHUMER IN A SCENE FROM NEW COM­EDY I FEEL PRETTY.

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