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MOVIE REVIEW: I Feel Pretty

Sue Ellen -

Entertainment Movies

Running Time :  100 minutes

Release Date :  In cinemas now

Who is in it : Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant, Busy Phillips, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez, Emily Ratajkowski, Lauren Hutton, Naomi Campbell

What is it:. Renee, like most women, struggles with self-esteem issues. She and her two best friends are struggle to find dates in the big city. Also like a lot of women.

After an accident at the gym where she hits her head and is rendered unconscious, Renee comes around to discover that she is beautiful. Nothing about her appearance has changed but the hit to her head has made her believe she is suddenly gorgeous.

Renee’s life is ‘magically’ transformed as she starts to carry herself with supreme self-confidence. She applies for her dream job, responds to the guy who she thinks is asking her out, enters a bikini babe competition at a pub and basically struts around with her head held high oozing an enviable confidence.

But Renee also starts to become a self-absorbed bitch. She talks down to her friends, dumps them for better offers and is then hurt when they start to leave her out.

Then it is all taken away from her and she is back to her old self-loathing self. Can she make amends and can she learnt to really love herself just the way she is?

Why should I watch it : Because I do not know one single woman who is NOT insecure about her appearance in some way. Not one. And yes that is a very sad thing indeed.

Criticize Schumer all you want but she had the chutzpah to make this movie and she does so with a stellar supporting female cast. (Michelle Williams kills it, absolutely kills it as the baby voiced Avery LeClair)

This is more than just a makeover movie. It is highly topical and relevant and at a time when women should be lifting each other up, they tear each other down.

It certainly won’t win any awards and it did veer a little left of centre about two-thirds of the way through but it is a funny movie that will (hopefully) make you think.

So if this movie resonates, even for just a moment, with someone, and they start to see themselves in a slightly more forgiving light, then it is worth it.

3 stars

If it's on in Newcastle, it's on Newcastle Live

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