I Feel Pretty [2018] ★★

I like Amy Schumer. She’s a fearless comedienne who can handle any type of situation. She can also carry a whole movie on her shoulder (see Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck”), and “I Feel Pretty” is no exception. It would seem like a perfect setup to have her in this film, and though the result is less than perfect, I have to give her credit for giving it her very best. She plays a woman struggling with insecurities, who, one day, falls on her head and wakes up believing she’s the most beautiful and talented woman in the world. It’s a fun premise, fueled with a good message about loving yourself, and for a while, it seemed that the writers had many surprises up their sleeves. Except they didn’t. What you see in the trailer is what you get here, so it wouldn’t be completely inaccurate to call “I Feel Pretty” a one-joke movie. And as it goes along, you can feel the life slowly draining from it. Still, there are some funny moments, courtesy of Schumer herself, who literally saves the movie from being a complete waste. And at the end, I came away with more admiration than ever for her talents, but I hope somebody will devise a better vehicle for her in the future. “I Feel Pretty” has an intriguing premise, but just not enough ideas to carry it to the finish line.

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