A comedy of perception and introspection

I Feel Pretty, with Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez. Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

3/5

VERY DARING: Amy Schumer in ‘I Feel Pretty’, now showing at Rosehill Cinema

WITH a concept similar to Shallow Hal, the Jack Black movie of a few years ago, I Feel Pretty is a comedy about a plain-looking back office worker who believes she is drop-dead gorgeous after hitting her head.

Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) manages the website for elite cosmetics company Lily LeClaire, but aspires to work in their Fifth Avenue headquarters.

She hangs out with two friends and they unsuccessfully market themselves as a trio on a dating site.

Depressed and lonely, after watching the Tom Hanks movie Big on TV one night, Renee wishes to be beautiful, but nothing happens. However, after a hilarious accident in her spinning class at the gym, she regains consciousness and genuinely believes she has become beautiful.

Her physical appearance has not changed at all, but she sees herself that way. Her confidence level changes remarkably, even to the point she believes a man in line at the drycleaners, Ethan (Rory Scovel), is hitting on her and she convinces him to take her on a date.

She also applies for the receptionist position at Lily LeClaire’s headquarters, and impresses CEO Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams) with her positive attitude and enthusiasm for the brand.

In another hilarious scene, on a date with Ethan, Renee enters a bikini contest, competing against women with idealised figures. After stunned silence, she wins the crowd over with her effervescence, but still doesn’t win.

Ethan meanwhile appreciates her more and more.

Earning the respect of her coworkers with her insight into the makeup expectations of ordinary women, Renee gets to meet company founder Lily LeClaire (a fitting cameo by Lauren Hutton), and builds a rapport with her.

Avery relies increasingly on Renee and invites her to an important business meeting in Boston.

But Renee gradually becomes more dismissive of visitors to LeClaire who are not fashionable or particularly attractive, and alienates her best friends.

You just know the bubble is going to burst and Renee’s self-delusion is going to come crashing down.

It’s an enjoyable comedy with a good moral about self-acceptance.

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