Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a tone-deaf failure

Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a tone-deaf failure

At any time when I consider the title “I Feel Fairly,” I get Natalie Wooden’s “West Aspect Story” tune caught in my head. Which feels acceptable, as a result of this romantic comedy may need been edgy again in that film’s debut yr: 1961. Hey, did you hear? Everybody has vanity points, even fashions! However all it takes is a little pluck and confidence, and even a plain Jane might be a star.

That’s not the actual bother right here, nonetheless. With seemingly no understanding of how tone-deaf it may be to solid a straight, white, able-bodied blonde like Schumer as victimized by society’s judgment, the lazily-written “I Feel Fairly” takes a proficient comedian and casts her within the worst potential gentle (and I don’t imply that actually. She appears to be like high-quality).

Renee (Schumer) is positively bought to us as a plain Jane. She’s unhappy, clumsy and meek, a forlorn soul who works in a basement workplace and creeps round apologizing for herself. To some extent, I get it: Renee lives in downtown Manhattan, the place there are herds of glamazon girls roaming the streets, making the remainder of womankind surprise why maxiskirts and crop tops don’t appear like that on us.

After a nasty bump on the top at a SoulCycle class, Renee wakes with a entire new perspective: She thinks she’s hotness personified. To its credit score, the movie doesn’t try this factor the place she appears to be like within the mirror and sees a type of glamazons staring again at her. She simply finds her personal face and physique immediately thrillingly terrific. In itself, this is a heartening change (and an fascinating 180 from Schumer’s stand-up, a lot of which revolves, half-jokingly, round self-loathing). It’s every part round Renee that’s galling.

Debut administrators and co-writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (who additionally wrote the bummer “How one can Be Single” and “He’s Simply Not That Into You” screenplays) take each alternative to play up the hilarity of Renee’s new lease on life. Her assured strut turns heads — as a result of everybody’s simply so confused. She thinks a man is hitting on her when all he needs to select up is his laundry. Her bid for a extra extremely seen place as a receptionist on the make-up firm she works for is met with disbelieving stares from frosty executives (together with, in a cameo, Naomi Campbell, the frost queen herself). “Sure, modeling is an choice for me,” Renee tells them. This is meant as excessive comedy, besides, why is it? This is an actress who’s graced the covers of Self-importance Truthful, Glamour, Marie Claire and extra in cleavage-baring couture. (Additionally, having your heroine be taught classes about internal magnificence at a make-up firm is so backward it should have been intentional, though I nonetheless can’t fairly work out how.)

Michelle Williams exhibits up as one other blonde with confidence issues: The granddaughter of the corporate’s founder, she’s acquired an sadly squeaky voice. Aidy Bryant and an oddly tan Busy Philipps play Schumer’s finest buddies, apparently a couple of 5’s at finest; we all know this as a result of they favor cardigans and pants. Mannequin Emily Ratajkowski performs . . . a stunning lady. Solely Rory Scovel, as Renee’s adoring and Zumba-loving new boyfriend Ethan, comes off as a actual, quirky particular person as a substitute of a retro caricature. Kudos to him, however for a film that’s purportedly about feminine empowerment, it’s not a nice look.

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