’I Feel Pretty’, starring Amy Schumer, asks us all to celebrate ourselves just as we are
Renee Bennett is a normal woman. A normal, funny, smart woman with a job in an industry she loves. She has the greatest friends, a nice apartment, plus plenty of sass.
Except, when she takes a look at herself in the mirror, all Renee can see if that she’s not ‘perfect’. And these feelings make Renee believe she’s not worthy.
This comedy starring Amy Schumer, who has talked openly about body positivity and finding comfort in her own skin, examines how Renee’s life changes when she gains inner confidence in an unconventional way.
In an effort to change how she looks, Renee goes to a SoulCycle class, where she falls off her exercise bike and knocks her head (side note: anyone who’s ever been to a spin class will most certainly have had the premonition that they made do this, too). Afterwards, Renee sees herself as an absolute knockout.
Of course, nothing has actually changed for Renee, but her new-found confidence propels her to get the job she’s always strived for at renowned beauty company, Lily LeClaire.
She has the courage and self-esteem to make friends with the ‘cool girls’, fly on private jets, have sex with the lights on, chat up a guy she met at the dry cleaners, eat burgers, dance naked… Ultimately, live the life she’d always wanted.
Written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who together wrote Never Been Kissed, there are plenty of one-liners, physical comedy and even a surprising homage to the film Big.
But unlike Big and its physical transformation, Schumer shows here that anyone can, with the right dose of confidence, be who they want to be.
And it’s not just Schumer who’s flying the flag, either. I Feel Pretty sees a plethora of talented women front and centre. Beloved Instagram queen and Dawson’s Creek alumni Busy Philipps and Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant appear as Renee’s closest friends – a duo who don’t see her as someone who needs to change herself at all.
Michelle Williams shows off her comedy skills as beauty company managing director Avery LeClaire, while Emily Ratajkowski plays one of Renee’s fellow spin class-goers who, it turns out, has insecurities of her own despite looking like a supermodel.
Plus, modelling legend, actor and Stylist cover star Lauren Hutton appears as matriarch Lily LeClaire. Even the original supermodel Naomi Campbell makes an appearance. Game Of Thrones’ Tom Hopper and comic Rory Scovel round out the cast, but it’s the women we’re really here for.
At the core of I Feel Pretty is the potent idea of what could happen if women had more confidence and self-empowerment; if women weren’t subjected to a barrage of being told that they’re not enough, no matter what they do. Not pretty enough, not thin enough, not anything enough.
But ultimately, and crucially, Renee learns for herself that self-esteem doesn’t come from how you look; it comes from believing in and celebrating yourself for who you really are. And who doesn’t want to see and hear that message on the big screen?
Book tickets to see ‘I Feel Pretty’ for free
Good news: you can catch Schumer and friends on the big screen before the film hits cinemas nationwide on 4 May.
Join us for a free Stylist Film Club screening on Wednesday 2 May at one of the following venues across the country: Covent Garden Odeon, Glasgow Braehead Odeon, Liverpool ONE Odeon, Newcastle Metrocentre Odeon, Birmingham VUE, Edinburgh Omni VUE, Leeds The Light VUE, Manchester Printworks VUE and Shepherds Bush VUE. Arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are limited, so get in there quick.
Click here to get your free tickets to I Feel Pretty and enter the promotional code UDFRGH