After the first trailer for Amy Schumer’s latest film, I Feel Pretty, was released back in February, those who could get past the shock of Michelle Williams in uptight snob drag noticed the plot seemed a little familiar. It showed Amy Schumer’s regular-girl character hitting her head in a SoulCycle class, then magically believing she’s gorgeous. It was almost as if Hollywood decided to reboot Shallow Hal with a positive self-esteem twist. And some really weren’t having it. Amy Schumer recently spoke to Charles Bramesco at Vulture about the backlash I Feel Pretty got, and she doesn’t appreciate all the trailer judging.
Amy wishes people would just see the movie instead of forming a negative opinion based on what is 2 minutes of movie clips. She adds that it doesn’t really matter what the moral of the movie is, because “people find something.” And that most of that “something” is just projecting their own insecurities.
“There’s been a lot of projection. I heard a lot of, ‘She doesn’t have a right to feel bad about herself because she looks however she looks.’ But first off, it’s not about an ugly troll becoming beautiful, it’s about a woman who has low self-esteem finding some. Everyone’s got a right to feel that feeling, regardless of their appearance. We all struggle with self-esteem. I certainly have. Your friends who you think are so beautiful, they could be struggling too. You want them to see themselves the way you see them, but it’s not our place to say who should be allowed to have low self-esteem.”
Amy also addresses one of the biggest criticisms of the film’s trailer, which is that it appears her character, Renee, hits her head and magically thinks she’s thin. Amy clarifies that she never actually says the words “I’m so thin!” and that if anything, Renee is obsessed with the more “voluptuous” parts of her body, like her boobs and butt.
Although there is one issue Amy takes with the movie, and it’s not one in the trailer. At the end of the movie (spoiler), Amy’s character gives a big monologue about loving yourself. She also works for a cosmetics company, and in that monologue is a disingenuous-sounding line about the beauty brand she works for. Charles told her it was the only part of the film that gave him “pause.” Amy too:
“I’m with you, honestly…But that last scene needs to tie into the plot…I would’ve loved if maybe it didn’t have to tie in and mention the brand, the line she’s working with. All I can say is that I understand that objection, and I agree with you.”
It still sounds like the movie ends with a focus on superficial beauty? Which kind of feels like the main criticism people had with the trailer. I don’t think I Feel Pretty would have gotten half the shit it got if it didn’t have the main element of a magical head injury. More people probably would have accepted it if it was a self-esteem boost they could relate to, like deleting that Aunt on Facebook who always comments on every selfie, “Oh no dear, are you sick?”
Here’s more of Amy at the premiere of I Feel Pretty in Los Angeles in what looks like one of those 40-ways bridesmaid dresses from David’s Bridal: