Schumer’s film lacks interesting plot

By Haley Galvin

“I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer is witty and playful but ultimately disappointing with a weak plot and unclear message.

Renee, played by Schumer, is a woman with a dull job and below average confidence. She finds her life lacking any romantic fulfillment and blames it on her looks. Renee has never felt pretty and dreams of having the world at her fingertips, thinking if she is just a little prettier she could have everything.

When Renee attends a SoulCycle class one day she falls and hits her head, an event that changes her whole view of herself. She looks in the mirror and finds herself looking prettier than she ever thought she was. She has a newfound confidence in her body, even though nothing physical has changed.

Schumer’s acting is genuine, and she seems to be simply being herself rather than putting on the mask of someone else as actors and actresses often do. She makes the character of Renee someone every woman can relate to when reflecting upon their lives.

Renee’s new confidence leads her to a whole world of opportunities in her dream job, and she even finds a love interest. The problem arises when Renee becomes so obsessed with her looks, she begins to lose sight of her true friends who like her for her personality.

The plot of the film is entertaining but is not executed well, and deciphering the film’s true intentions can be confusing at times. The secondary characters, such as Avery Leclaire, played by Michelle Williams, lack development and depth, making them seem very one-dimensional even though some of them, such as Leclaire, are instrumental characters in the film.

Perhaps the film’s biggest flaw is the confusion of its thematic statement. When Renee is confident and gets ahead in life, for example, she appears genuinely happy, being chased by men and achieving success in her career. This is all fine, but it warps the message to be a comment on how success is dependent on a person’s self-centered confidence, rather than their efforts.

It is not until the end of the film when the message clears up a bit, revealing there must be a balance between confidence and humility for a happy life.

Possibly the only thing to make the film worth watching is the charming and witty humor. The jokes about lacking confidence, women’s hygiene and being able to get the guy are relatable to the female audience the film targets.

As a whole, “I Feel Pretty” tries to portray a message to girls about being self-confident, but the film does not execute this well enough. There are mixed signals throughout the whole film, leaving the audience questioning its purpose. While the jokes may be funny, it is not enough to save the plot and message of the film.