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‘I Feel Pretty’ Blu-ray Review: Amy Schumer Tackles Self-Esteem Issues with this Empowering Comedy

July 18, 2018Ben Mk





FEATURE: 
Fantasy wish fulfillment is a familiar go-to in movies, whether it's an '80s classic like Big or something more contemporary, like 13 Going on 30. If there's one thing such films have in common, however, it's that when a character has their wish granted, they often end up learning some important life lesson.


Likewise, Amy Schumer's character in I Feel Pretty, an average 30-something named Renee Bennett, learns something important about what it truly means to be beautiful, after she suffers a nasty concussion during spin class, leading her to think she has perfect bone structure and rock-hard abs. Suddenly blessed with newfound confidence, Renee is finally able to muster up the courage to go after the things she wants in life. And she begins by ditching her job doing basement IT support for LeClaire Cosmetics and moving up to a role as the company's receptionist, where she catches the eye of squeaky-voiced CEO Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams), not to mention Avery's hunky brother, Grant (Tom Hopper).

Renee's love life also sees a marked improvement, when she meets the awkward Ethan (Rory Scovel), who isn't quite sure what to make of the new, enigmatic woman in his life. However, not everything gets better after Renee's new sense of self worth. On the contrary, her relationship with friends Jane (Busy Philipps) and Vivian (Aidy Bryant) begins to take a nosedive, after Renee begins to prioritize appearance after all else. Will Renee come around in time before she destroys their friendship for good? And will she be able to see before it's too late that it's not how you look on the outside that matters, but rather the beauty that you project from within that counts?

Naturally, it should come as no surprise how writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein decide to answer these questions, as I Feel Pretty more or less follows the standard template for what is essentially a wish fulfillment romantic comedy. It all adds up to a movie that not only delivers its fair share of laughs, but which also delivers a positive message about what we view as beautiful and society's role in promoting a healthy body image. Whether or not viewers feel pretty after watching it may vary — but you will feel empowered.

AUDIO & VISUALS: 
I Feel Pretty struts onto Blu-ray boasting a crisp and clear 1080p transfer, and viewers will find there's little to debate about how good this image is. Colors are bright, bold and nicely saturated, especially when it comes to the variety of fashionable outfits that end up finding their way on-screen, and image detail is top notch, with scenes set within the high contrast, ultra-modern offices of LeClaire Cosmetics looking among the film's best. Paired with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, which works the movie's mix of dialogue, New York City traffic, and restaurant and club ambience to the max, and this is one pretty attractive technical presentation indeed.


EXTRAS: 
Entertainment One's single-disc Blu-ray release includes an iTunes digital copy and the following Blu-ray extras:

  • Deleted Scenes (8:35) - Six scenes.
  • Gag Reel (5:24)
  • Being Pretty (0:50) - The cast share what being pretty means to them.


I Feel Pretty is available from eOne Films as of July 17th, 2018. The Blu-ray features English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks, and is presented with English SDH and French subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 50 min.








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