I Feel Pretty

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Fun but uneven comedy tackles self-esteem; some racy bits.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 110 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes the idea that no matter how you look or dress, you should have self-esteem and confidence in who you are and in your worthiness as a friend, romantic partner, employee, etc. That said, the message is a little mixed because (spoiler alert!) Renee doesn't realize she still looks the same until the end of the movie. And she truly believes that her boyfriend would leave her because she's convinced that he, too, saw her the way she saw herself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "new and improved" Renee is confident, bold, fearless, and charming. She's not obsessed with her body's flaws (she no longer perceives them as flaws, period), and she's not afraid to go after what she wants. Of course, that only happens when she believes she's beautiful. Ethan is sweet, funny, and loving. Vivian and Jane are good friends to Renee, but they call her out when she starts treating them differently because she believes she's "hotter" than they are.

Violence

Renee falls off her bicycle during a spin class, and it's obvious she has a head injury. She wakes up confused. In another instance, she falls and hits her head again, resulting in a bloody injury.

Sex

There is a sex scene and implied nudity: Viewers see a lot of Renee's silhouette and her skin, like bare shoulders, thighs/legs, and back. Renee does a sexy dance during a bikini contest. There's also post-sex pillow talk; lots of discussion about sexiness, "hotness," relationships, dating, etc., plus scenes of kissing and flirting. Characters in underwear. 

Language

A few uses of "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," "holy s--t," "damn," "hell," "pr--ks," "jerk," "vagina," "boobs," "sluts," "d--k," and "oh my God" as an exclamation.

Consumerism

Spin studio franchise SoulCycle is heavily featured in the movie, with at least four major scenes set there; it's so overt it goes beyond product placement. There's even a joke about SoulCycle merchandise. Another major plot point revolves around Target. Other products/brands visible include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Saks, YouTube, Samsung, Dell, Fiji water, Baby Bjorn, MacBook, iPhone, Fireball, Maxim, Blick, Hidden Valley, Lubriderm, and Zumba.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink at bars, restaurants, and parties. In one scene, Renee has too much and ends up tipsy/drunk. Avery matter-of-factly explains that she doesn't like flying so she's "on a lot of things" to calm her down during a flight.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Feel Pretty is a comedy starring Amy Schumer as Renee, an insecure New Yorker who, after a head injury, wakes up believing that she's been magically transformed into a "hot" beauty -- although she looks exactly the same to everyone else. Renee's newfound confidence allows her to live her best life (i.e., be happy and go after what she wants). Expect strong language ("s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.), some kissing, flirting, and racy conversations, as well as one sex scene with implied nudity (bare shoulders, legs, thighs, silhouettes) and pillow talk. Characters also drink, at least once to excess. Despite some raised eyebrows about the movie's concept/story, its ultimate message is that self-assurance and self-esteem -- not outward appearance -- are what's important and that everyone is attractive in their own way.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYila A. April 16, 2018

Excellent movie

I watched the screening tonight and I really loved it. It is a comedy and i do believe the trailer does not really tell the great story of the movie. It tells w... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byLynn M. April 26, 2018

Funny movie

Went with my 21 yr old daughter to see this. It was a cute movie about self esteem and trying to be someone else. I laughed through most of the movie. I would r... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySienna.Gracee April 20, 2018

Inspiring and Funny

This movie is for all people man or woman! It is inspiring and gives a great message about self confidence and being yourself! It was very enjoyable and funny.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byawtts April 23, 2018

If you are mature it's fine

The movie had a good sense of humor, and a good message. It had some nudity, but it wasn't very bad. If you are mature as thirteen, or a mature twelve year... Continue reading

What's the story?

I FEEL PRETTY follows single New Yorker Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer), who's extremely insecure about her looks and feels inadequate compared to the statuesque models who seem to surround her in the city. After suffering a head injury in spin class, Renee blacks out. When she wakes up, she believes her dream of transforming into a gorgeous beauty has magically come true. No one in the movie (or anyone watching it, for that matter) can see how Renee imagines herself, but her new sense of confidence empowers her to live boldly and without fear of rejection. She starts to charm others, who believe she simply has an outsized ego, and she lands a new job for cosmetics heiress Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams), as well as a new boyfriend, Ethan (Rory Scovel). But eventually Renee's belief in her own beauty begins to affect how she treats and perceives others, including her best friends (Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps).

Is it any good?

Schumer's considerable physical comedy skills, paired with standout supporting performances, make this "go girl" comedy a fun pick for a ladies' night at the movies, despite some inconsistency. It's hard not to laugh when Schumer is so good at making an insecure, at times even unlikable character transform into what seems like a woman who's very comfortable with her body and herself. The problem, of course, is that the audience can't tell whether Renee is seeing her true self and just now believes she's hot as-is, or if her obvious concussion has magically caused some kind of Shallow Hal situation in her mind, making her see herself like her fellow SoulCycle classmate, a model played by Emily Ratajkowski.

Williams is hilarious as Avery, a cosmetics CEO who must impress her grandmother (who started the company). Avery's employees initially balk at the idea of a size 10 woman being in their presence, until Renee wins them all over with her charm. The romance between Renee and Ethan is adorable and easy to buy into, but there's also a somewhat off-putting, difficult-to-believe chemistry between Renee and Grant (Tom Hopper), Avery's womanizing brother. The movie works best when Renee is with Ethan or her best friends, lovingly played by Bryant and Philipps (who happens to be married to the co-director, Marc Silverstein). The two besties, who don't share in Renee's crippling insecurity and don't understand why all of a sudden she's acting like she is, are the real beauties of the film, because they don't require a transformation (either imagined or real) to be their true selves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who the role models are in I Feel Pretty. What makes them role models? Do they demonstrate any character strengths?

  • What does Renee learn about confidence, body acceptance, and friendship by the end of the movie? Can you think of other movies that celebrate and empower women and girls?

  • How does the movie depict sex? How do the male and female characters relate to one another? How are they defined by each other?

  • How is drinking portrayed? Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

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