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What’s it about?
Renee Bennett, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, suffers a head injury that leaves her believing she’s the beautiful woman she’s always wanted to be and uses her new-found confidence in her looks to make her dreams come true.
Is it any good? (Letter Grade: B)
What would it be like if each person unconditionally loved themselves? If we were all able to shake off the constant criticism of the world, and believe that we were perfect? I Feel Pretty attempts to answer these questions in an earnest, funny, heartfelt, and sincere manner, but in my opinion, ends up oversimplifying too many societal issues to really hit home.
Amy Schumer plays her character (Renee) with energy, sincerity, and her trademark humor. Her monologues about insecurities are the best parts of the movie, as it’s during those scenes Schumer causes us to feel what Renee feels: how hard it is to live in a world that tells us to “be ourselves” while having that same world simultaneously define what exactly “being ourselves” looks like. These moments will resonate with anyone who has ever felt ostracized, different, ugly, or just not enough (honestly, is there anyone out there who hasn’t felt this way at one point or another?).
Michelle Williams (who definitely needs more comedic roles) deserves a shout out for her portrayal of Avery LeClaire, a smart and beautiful socialite who has a difficult time being taking seriously because of her voice.
At its best this movie teaches the importance of confidence in yourself and the changes that you can make in your life simply by reaching out and grabbing the opportunities. It is a lesson in self-love and courage that the world (especially women) desperately needs, but I Feel Pretty never finds itself going deep enough into the subject material to leave a lasting impression. It instead trades in the harder-to-talk-about societal issues that are causing women to constantly feel inadequate for a theme that is only skin deep, literally. The movie assumes that a woman’s only issue with herself is her confidence but then doesn’t address why women have such a problem with confidence.
I would have liked to see more from this film, but as it stands it’s still a good movie that preaches some important and worthwhile messages.
Is It okay for your kids?
Things to be aware of:
The main character suffers a few falls, one of which results in a cut to her head where blood is shown.
There is a sex scene with implied nudity, viewers will see a full silhouette of a naked woman.
Renee does participate in a bikini contest with several other woman and pours water on herself while wearing a white t-shirt.
There is quite a bit of talk about sex.
The G-word, b-word, s-word, and a-word are all used, along with words related to sex (vagina, penis, etc).
The adults in this movie do drink at bars, restaurants, and in their homes.
Any worthwhile messages?
The main message in this movie is one of loving and having confidence in yourself, (The Great and Wonderful Love, Anthony D. Perkins) and that in order to do that you must embrace your flaws and remember who you are (We Never Walk Alone,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 123–24)
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Lindsi currently works for BYU in the Theatre and Media Arts department, and is a freelance technical director and stage manager for several theatre companies in the Utah Valley area. In her free time she loves photography, stand up paddle-boarding, running 5k’s, reading, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and (you guessed it!) watching movies. For more of Lindsi’s writing visit lindsimichellephotography.blogspot.com.