- 04 May 18
Confused and lacklustre satire about beauty and self-image falls flat.
Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) is a perfectly normal woman. She has an average body type, uses YouTube tutorials to do her hair, and dreams of having a more glamorous job.
And because we live in a society that rarely shows average women onscreen, preferring to celebrate the rare few who conform to every socially constructed idea of beauty and pretend it is they who are the norm, Renee feels crap about herself. Until, that is, a freak accident causes Renee to see herself as one of the smoking-hot model-esque beauties she has always envied. Her appearance hasn’t changed, just her self-image and her confidence.
Let’s address the good stuff first. Schumer is fearless on-screen, and many interactions will feel accurate to the average woman, such as pre-magic-inner-makeover Renee staring at Emily Ratajkowski in awe and marvelling at her life. The supporting cast are great too, with Rory Scovel as the sensitive cute-guy Ethan and Michelle Williams an uproarious scene-stealer as the breathy head of Lily LeClaire.