I FEEL PRETTY (M)

LOOKS CAN BE DE­CEIV­ING ... AND NOT THAT FUNNY, US, 111 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOVIES -

When the trailer sur­faced re­cently, things got ugly for I Feel Pretty. Amy Schumer was branded a fat­sham­ing, pro-beauty-myth traitor. The prob­lem then, as it turns out to be now, is all to do with an ide­o­log­i­cally shonky premise. Schumer plays Renee, a wo­man suf­fer­ing from high lev­els of low self-es­teem un­til ... wait for it ... she falls off an ex­er­cise bike and hits her head. Renee no longer thinks of her­self as a sorta-plus-size plain Jane. In­stead, she be­gins delu­sion­ally strid­ing through life with the all-con­quer­ing self-con­fi­dence of a su­per­model. The movie never reaches the state of evil, body-neg­a­tive de­nial that some pre­dicted. More than any­thing, it is guilty of merely be­ing not all that funny, or prop­erly thought-out.

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