Schumer movie doesn’t leave audience feeling pretty


I like Amy Schumer. I think the shtick of being a slutty female comedian is kind of tired, but for the most part, she makes me laugh. I like her standup comedy and I liked “Trainwreck” enough that I’ve watched it more than once.

Schumer’s latest film, “I Feel Pretty” drew criticism from people who felt like it was sending a bad message to young women: if you’re beautiful, everything in life is perfect; if you’re chubby and flawed, you’re just a big, fat loser.

To me the movie didn’t have enough direction to send any kind of valid message. Schumer’s character hits her head in a spin class and suddenly decides she’s gorgeous after previously feeling self-conscious about her appearance. Her newfound confidence alienates her friends but helps her get a new job and climb the corporate ladder. Then she hits her head again and realizes her appearance never changed, just her behavior.

It’s unrealistic and whatever message it’s trying to send is all over the place. I don’t think anyone finds confidence overnight – head injury or not. Confidence is usually built by exercising, surrounding yourself with positive people, being in healthy relationships and even prayer and meditation. There are numerous ways to build confidence; I wouldn’t recommend a head injury.

I wasn’t offended by the movie; I just didn’t like it. It was one of those where 30 minutes in, you look at your partner and say, “Want to just turn it off?” We stuck it out but it was very much just OK.

If there’s any takeaway from movies like this, it’s that confidence is beautiful. It’s really attractive if you don’t care what people think about you. As a lifelong people pleaser, I don’t think I’ll ever reach that status. I love seeing confident women; I’m just not one of them. I don’t even go to the grocery store without makeup. If you ever see a social media photo of me in a bikini, I’ve been kidnapped and I am signaling for help. I remember when my mom was in the throes of her breast cancer and lost her hair, she wore a wig every time she left the house even though it was hot and itchy. She even slept in a scarf so my dad wouldn’t be scared if he woke up in the middle of the night and saw her bald head.

While I admire the unabashed confidence, I don’t entirely relate to it. Confidence is beautiful, but arrogance is not. Schumer’s character in the movie reached a point where she thought she was better than her friends. Not cool.

It’s difficult territory to deal with the looks of young females. We don’t want to be accused of “body shaming” or making a mean comment that might drive someone to an eating disorder or to harm themselves. It’s a touchy subject. However, I do think we need to encourage good health and taking care of our bodies.

I also think Amy Schumer is attractive and if she’s overweight, well, I’m Shamu the whale. Beauty is definitely different for everyone. Fortunately, God created a diverse population of people and we all have somebody who loves us even with no makeup.

Back to the movie, the bottom line is, if it was trying to send some type of self-esteem message, I missed it.

There were no laugh out loud moments. I didn’t feel pretty. I didn’t feel empowered. Honestly, I didn’t feel much of anything.


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