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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Cast:
Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Lauren Hutton
Writing Credits:
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Synopsis:
A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet.

Box Office:
Budget:
$32 Million.
Opening Weekend
$16,030,218 on 3440 Screens.
Domestic Gross
$48,795,601.

MPAA:
Rated PG-13.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
Spanish DTS 5.1
English DVS
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish

Runtime: 111 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 7/17/2018

Bonus:
• “Being Pretty” Featurette
• 6 Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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I Feel Pretty [Blu-Ray] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 4, 2018)

Three short years ago, Amy Schumer looked ready to become a cinematic star. Already a popular comedian, 2015’s Trainwreck showed that she could headline a successful film release.

Then came 2017’s Snatched, Schumer’s second movie as a lead – and a moderate flop, as it pulled in less than half of Trainwreck’s $110 million. 2018’s I Feel Pretty continued this trend, as it ended up with a gross very similar to that of Snatched.

Perhaps Schumer’s next film will offer a rebound. After two commercial disappointments in a row, she definitely needs a hit.

Average-sized Renee Bennett (Schumer) finds herself lost in a world she views as packed with fit, beautiful women. This damages her self-esteem, as she thinks her looks make it impossible for her to get ahead in life.

During an exercise class, Renee takes a painful fall that injures her head and comes to consciousness with a different view of the world, as she now sees herself as supermodel gorgeous. This impacts her self-confidence and allows Renee to navigate the world in a totally fresh manner.

Going into Pretty, I found myself a bit befuddled by the way we’re supposed to view Schumer’s looks. In Trainwreck, we were led to believe that she was attractive enough to land all sorts of men, including studly John Cena and a “doctor to the stars” who clearly could’ve banged NBA cheerleaders if he desired.

Fast-forward a few years and now we’re supposed to see Schumer as a dumpy mess who can’t get a date? I know – these are movies, and obviously an actor can play different roles even if that performer looks the same.

Because Schumer ties so much of her comedy into her looks, though, this shift stands out as jarring. Perhaps this bothers no one else, but I find it tough to swallow the shift from 2015’s “man-magnet Amy” to 2018’s “can’t land a coffee meet-up Amy”.

Perhaps this issue wouldn’t be as much of a distraction if Pretty offered more entertainment in its own right. Unfortunately, this is essentially a concept with a movie attached.

And it’s not a terrible idea for a film, even if the notion of the person whose personality changes after a bonk on the noggin lacks creativity. Heck, I can find Flintstones episodes with that theme!

Lack of originality aside, the self-confidence Renee gains opens up a nice variety of comedic possibilities. At its heart, Pretty wants to deliver a self-empowerment tale that tells us how confidence matters more than appearance.

Unfortunately, Pretty comes with some seriously mixed messages, mainly because it devotes an awful lot of its running time to fat girl gags. Rather than focus on Renee’s strengths in an absolute manner, the movie pokes fun at her physical flaws.

This makes no sense to me. Maybe the filmmakers think that these scenes accentuate how Renee prospers despite her lack of objective beauty, but that message fails to come through, partly because Renee doesn’t really believe in herself.

Renee isn’t a character who recognizes her physical limitations and soars anyway. No, Renee is a character who only succeeds because she believes she’s something she isn’t, and that’s a muddled message to send.

Hypocritically, Pretty appears to embrace the idea that “hot women = bitches”. When Renee feels she’s gorgeous, she treats her friends poorly and acts like a jerk – apparently solely because she now thinks she’s beautiful.

On one hand, the movie tells us not to judge average-looking women based on appearances. Then on the other hand, it instructs us to believe that hot women must be cruel and selfish. Double standard alert!

The movie’s moral confusion gets combined with a narrative that lacks cohesion. The story flits from one area to another without much logic, and it all turns into a mess in the end.

It doesn’t help that 111 minutes seems awfully long for such a simple story. Pretty needs much better editing than it receives, as the movie meanders all over the place in search of some form of coherence.

Every once in a while, amusement results, but don’t expect much entertainment here. Pretty wastes a lot of talent on a confused message and it fails to achieve its goals.


The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B-/ Bonus C-

I Feel Pretty appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not great, the image usually satisfied.

Sharpness was fine most of the time. Wider shots could lean a little soft, though, and those created occasional distractions. Still, most of the movie offered appropriate delineation.

Jagged edges and shimmering didn’t occur, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to present any problems, as the movie offered a clean image.

In terms of colors, the film favored a golden tint or a teal feel. These were light overtones, so the hues were solid within the design parameters.

Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were good. I thought this was a mostly high-quality presentation that lost a few points due to some softness.

As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it seemed satisfactory. It favored the usual “comedy mix” and didn’t present many chances for the soundscape to explode.

Music used the five channels in a satisfying manner. Parties and street scenes provided some modest engagement. Overall, though, this was a pretty restrained soundfield.

I thought audio quality appeared positive. Speech seemed distinctive and natural, with no rough tones or other issues.

Score and songs displayed clear, warm music, and effects functioned well. Those elements were reasonably realistic and full throughout the movie. Again, nothing here dazzled, but the mix accentuated the story in an adequate way.

Only a handful of extras appear here, and we begin with a featurette called Being Pretty. It runs a whopping 54 seconds and offers notes from actors Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant, Emily Ratajkowski, and Busy Philipps. It’s self-empowerment lingo meant to sell the movie.

Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of eight minutes, 50 seconds. Most offer extensions to existing scenes, though a few new bits emerge. These provide a little amusement but nothing memorable.

A Gag Reel goes for five minutes, 24 seconds and presents some of the usual goofs and giggles. However, it throws in an array of alternate lines as well, so those make it above average.

The disc opens with ads for Gemini, Midnight Sun, Disobedience, On Chesil Beach and Tully. No trailer for Pretty appears here.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of Pretty. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

Too long and too confused about its purpose, I Feel Pretty offers a one-joke movie without many positives. While we get a smattering of laughs, the film never gels. The Blu-ray brings acceptable audio and picture along with minor supplements. I like Amy Schumer as a comedian but Pretty fails to showcase her talents well.

Viewer Film Ratings: 2.6666 Stars Number of Votes: 3
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