After facing a huge backlash the moment its trailer dropped, the flick I Feel Pretty has been a cause for much-heated discussion (especially by critics; it has a 36 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Is it sexist? Superficial? Demeaning to women of size?
The film stars Amy Schumer as Renee, an insecure woman surrounded by Instagram models who hits her head at SoulCycle and wakes up thinking she's the most beautiful of them all. Controversy flew around the premise itself: Schumer, a white, blonde, curvaceous actress certainly isn't ugly — what does it say to women who look like her (or larger) to present her as so?
Schumer had a different take.
“There are those who said my character shouldn’t feel insecure about her size,” she wrote in a Bustle piece, “If You Judged My Movie 'I Feel Pretty' Without Seeing It, Here's What You're Missing.” “But it’s not anyone’s place to tell someone whether or not they have a right to feel bad about themselves. People just projected hard, and I understand why — it’s fucking hard to be a chick. We’ve all had so much pain and emotion attached to the portrayal of body image on-screen that people are ready to get mad.”
But not everyone is that mad. Here some reactions from people who loved the film, and are willing to go to bat for it.
— Sarah Geer (@sgeer4031) April 21, 2018
My thoughts on #IFeelPretty will be up tomorrow, but I will say I've never seen so many people assume a movie is about literally the opposite of what it's about.
— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) April 18, 2018
— itati marcela (@acid_lullabies) April 20, 2018
Just left #IFeelPretty and laughed from start to finish... (AND my boyfriend cried.) It is an IMPORTANT and funny and thoughtful comedy starring one of the realest, boldest babes in Hollywood. Congratulations @amyschumer!! You were brilliant and I love you xx @IFeelPretty
— catt sadler (@IAmCattSadler) April 18, 2018
— Benjamin VanHoose (@BenVanHoose) April 21, 2018
There were the takes on body image:
If you're getting offended by #IFeelPretty because Amy Schumer isn't "fat enough" to be playing a role about an insecure woman, you're part of the problem.
— Shay Greene (@DeborahShay) April 20, 2018
So... y'all busy hating on #IFeelPretty realise that it's not about Amy Schumer's character seeing herself as thin, but instead falling absolutely in love with who she IS? Her head injury has her shed the insecurities she normally deals with and see her true beauty instead.
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) April 20, 2018
I would see it before slamming. The Ads make it look TERRIBLE. But you can’t sum up a concept of self-love in a catchy movie trailer in Hollywood. I thought it was a lovely depiction of the dangers of how we view ourselves and the power of when we discover true self love.
— Celia Quillian (@CeliaQuillian) April 21, 2018
It’s not a magical wish and a bump on the head that makes you pretty. It’s confidence. Confidence that shows true beauty, which lies within. #IFeelPretty
— Shrusti Modi (@ModiShrusti) April 23, 2018
Girls night! @amyschumer we loved #ifeelpretty !! It was so hilarious and inspiring to us teen girls especially because we always have the most insecurities , it really taught us to just be confident and not care what others think! pic.twitter.com/BnEAMBaSxD
— Dianna (@Diannamariieeee) April 21, 2018
#ifeelpretty is a great movie and challenges beauty norms! @amyschumer relationship with her looks and confidence is transformed and opens new doors of opportunities for her. fyi - we never see what she sees when she looks in the mirror.
— helen (@_doesquared) April 24, 2018
— The Hermit (@hermitscorner) April 21, 2018
— Lindsay (@Lin_mich99) April 24, 2018
Even some love for Michelle Williams' comedy chops.
My big takeaway from #IFeelPretty is that we've only begun to see what Michelle Williams is capable of as a comedian & I hope there are some seriously weird roles in her near future pic.twitter.com/rxY4XIYS2R
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 22, 2018
I don’t care for reviews. Honestly there are so many so called “bad” movies out there that I absolutely loved and watch over and over. So I won’t let these reviews deter me from seeing this one! Tbh... the cast alone is reason enough to see this movie. #IFeelPretty
— Suz (@Karlsbebe) April 21, 2018
#IFeelPretty deserves better than the middling reviews it got. Amy Schumer sells the hell out of the premise, even when the script lags. Michelle Williams is completely bonkers and amazing. Tom Hopper’s veiny biceps deserve their own award. And it’s fun! Hope more see it.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) April 22, 2018
Well dang, I’m absolutely pleasantly surprised with #IFeelPretty. It doesn’t deserve the backlash it’s gotten cuz of its marketing. Schumer puts in a great performance, but White Michelle Williams stole the show as an airy CEO. Confidence IS attractive pic.twitter.com/dzIdA9HEm5
— tony (@infinitestarboy) April 22, 2018
At least we can all agree on Michelle, right?