Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps
Director: Abby Kohn
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Comedy | 2018
This is the first movie that I’ve seen starring Amy Schumer. I’ve always been a little off put by her and never really been interested in seeing something she was in. However, when I saw the trailer for this movie, I felt like it was going to have a good message to women and it looks fairly entertaining. So I was a little pumped to see this advanced screening.
Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a woman who struggles with self-esteem and is constantly putting herself down and hating her body. One night, she makes a wish in a fountain that she is pretty. Well… it doesn’t work… but the next time she is at her Soul Cycle class, she falls off the bike and hits her head. From then on, she believes she is beautiful and her life is not perfect in every way.
For the most part, this movie has a typical plot. Woman is high on self-esteem, she then changes, loses her friends, re-discovers herself and the truth, and make a heartfelt speech that gets her friends back.
The film itself has quite a lot of moments that are meant to be comedic. I thought it was slightly funny, but not too overbearing like I would have expected from a film like this. Amy Schumer is great when she is doing comedy, but I don’t know how I feel about the moments that she’s supposedly hating herself or finding herself. It worked, I just wonder if it could have been better.
I really enjoyed Michelle Williams, who plays Avery, Amy’s new boss. I don’t know how she got her voice to sound like that, but it really added to the comedy. It’s touched on multiple times throughout the film. One thing that I is driving my thoughts on the movie down a bit is the fact that after awhile, I felt like it was becoming super repetitive in what’s being brought to the screen to make the audience laugh. At first the jokes were funny, then they just got old. Perhaps the run time is a bit long for this type of movie.
It reminds me of Shallow Hal, where he can only see the beauty in women not on the outside. Renee sees herself as beautiful and truly believes that she is in a different body. She literally thinks her friends don’t recognize her. That’s one part I’m not sure if is needed or not. I guess it’s just one more thing that is funny at first, but then got old by the end of the film.
I did enjoy the bikini contest scene. And I’d also like to know where Michelle Williams got that Yellow Labrador and Roses dress, because can I get me one of them please???
I’m going to still say I liked this movie, as it has a great message to all women. And I love the satiristic comedy that pokes fun at high end makeup contributors… cough cough Mary Kay (which I love). Go see it when it hits theaters this weekend! Like I said, I didn’t see the other films that Schumer was in, so I can’t compare this to them unfortunately. (3.5/5).
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