I FEEL PRETTY (M)
LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING ... AND NOT THAT FUNNY, US, 111 MIN
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.