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Amy Schumer’s New Film ‘I Feel Pretty’ Is All About Loving Yourself…So Why Are There So Many Negative Reactions?

The comedy looks to send a very bright message, but some of the reactions are more than a little worrying.

On Thursday, February 8th, Amy Schumer debuted a trailer for her upcoming summer flick, I Feel Pretty. And I have to say, while I’m not the biggest fan of Schumer’s films, this is one that I am ridiculously excited for. Not only does it look hilariously relatable, but it sends a strong message of love – and not the kind we’re used to seeing.

I Feel Pretty is about Renee (Schumer) who wants nothing more than to be undeniably gorgeous. One day, while exercising, she falls off her bike and hits her head. She wakes up looking exactly the same, but feeling very, very different. She now sees herself as a supermodel, a traditionally, unquestionably beautiful woman. And this sparks a massive amount of confidence in herself. She finds herself being treated differently, advancing in her career, and confident enough to take risks in life. But the only thing that changed was her own perspective.

Everyone has insecurities. And we all, at one point or another, have asked ourselves what our lives would be like if we looked a little bit different. Most romantic comedies play on this to one extent or another, but the solution is almost always physical. If you change your appearance, you change your life. Whether it’s a whole makeover or just taking off your glasses and straightening your hair, so many films play to this trope. I Feel Pretty sends a different message. A message that says it isn’t about what you look like, it’s about how you feel. And that’s very powerful.

As someone who sees this film’s message as truly inspiring, you can imagine my dismay when I came across the comments section on the trailer. Filled with hateful comments against both the film and Schumer herself (both her acting and her appearance), there was a surprising amount of negativity. People are even calling the film “feminazi” or “feminist bullshit”. But I have to ask the question: when did loving yourself become so-called feminist bullshit?

Some are comparing the film to Shallow Hal, but let’s not be mistaken. Shallow Hal was about a man who saw the inner beauty of women. I Feel Pretty is about a woman who starts to see herself as beautiful. And if loving yourself/seeing yourself as pretty is wrong, well, I don’t want to be right.

The film stars Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, and Emily Ratajkowski. It is co-written and co-directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.


I Feel Pretty Hits Theaters In June, 2018. 

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