I Feel Pretty

I Feel Pretty

Taylor West, Staff Writer

I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer, hit theaters on April 20, but I got the chance to see it a few weeks before it came out under a private screening. My initial thoughts on this movie were not too high, being someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Schumer. I went to see the movie with my mom and a few of her friends, all who had similar views on the actor as myself.

Renee Bennett (Schumer) lives in her cozy apartment in which she pays the bills with her job working for a popular make up company. While she tries to make the most of her life, going on group dates with two best friends, being okay with working like a subway rat tucked away in a hidden office underground, and attending a cycle bar regularly to keep in shape, Renee just can’t find herself happy with the life she’s made.

Being a girl who struggled with self-esteem and weight issues, Renee envies the skinny and gorgeous girls that she sees at the cycle bar, and wishes to be just like them. During a cycle class, Renee falls from the bike and smacks her head pretty hard, only to wake up in a stunning, wildly attractive new body. With a new optimistic set of eyes, Renee grabs life by the horns and makes the most of it.

All throughout the movie my stomach ached from laughter, and cheeks burned from a permanent smile. Overall, it was a great movie: comedic relief at appropriate times and romantic scenes that make your heart melt. Although, above all of its impressive deliverance to my doubtful mind, the movie had a much bigger message that girls need to hear.

This movie was one of the biggest feminist cries of the year so far, and in the best way possible. It found a way to relate to everyone who struggles with society’s expectations of being a “pretty girl,” skinny or not. Schumer and her character displayed what standards we girls hold not only ourselves, but each other to, and how harmful it can be to mental health.

this movie is a must see for every girl who’s ever felt beaten down by society and needs a way to pick themselves back up.