Overall, I Feel Pretty is a light-hearted story, which is perfect for a mid-week date night with your gals. You don’t need to think too much, there are a few laffs, and you can all email each other next day, swooning about Tom Hopper.
BUT (did you guess there would be a ‘but’!?), I spent some parts of the film thinking that Amy wasn’t the best casting decision for the role. Why? Well, at the risk of coming across as ageist, I think she was a wee bit too old to play such an insecure character.
HEAR ME OUT.
Fundamentally, the majority of women get more confident as they get older and give fewer fucks. The only people I know who are quite insecure are under 20, not adult women in their late 20s, or early 30s (which is the age of Amy’s character I assume). Of course, every lass questions themselves and has moments of doubt or ‘do I look fat in this’; but the disgust at yourself and complete lack of self-acceptance starts to decrease by 24 and by 28, bitches be owning themselves, farts, flab and all. I think the film had really great intentions but overall, was a tired old tale about a ‘concussion’ changing the leads perception of reality for the crux of the story. I feel like it was written or produced by men who THINK they’re doing their best but overall, have no idea of how age and life alter a woman’s perception of themselves, mostly for the greater good.
All that aside, as I said, it’s a great film, so if you haven’t seen it yet, grab a GF and go! Michelle William’s character is fucking fantastic. She was easily the funniest character in the movie.