I Feel Pretty review – Amy Schumer’s body-image romcom is light on laughs

The Trainwreck star is never able to reach her toe-curling best in this tale of an office worker who suddenly sees herself anewOn paper, this should be the perfect showcase for Amy Schumer: the title is taken from that girlishly hopeful song in the 1961 musical West Side Story delivered by Natalie Wood, whose gamine image is of course so different from Schumer’s.

Yet at almost every stage, Schumer’s routine is weirdly restrained and inhibited due to the film’s high concept: that she becomes an aspirational success, against all the odds.

It’s a plot imperative that works against the disaster, embarrassment and cynicism integral to Amy Schumer’s comedy.The film is written by the romcom veterans Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, with obvious borrowings from The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty; they are making their joint feature directing debut, and Schumer has a producer credit.

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