Synopsis: In I FEEL PRETTY, a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem, that hold her back every day, wakes from a brutal fall in an exercise class believing she is suddenly a supermodel. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?
My daughter and I had the pleasure of experiencing this wonderfully told movie about confidence and the beauty we have within. I Feel Pretty, stars Amy Schumer (as Renee Bennett ) and details the life of a young lady who didn’t see her own self-worth, and how it had an effect on her daily life. Once I saw the early trailer, I knew I had to see it for myself and have my daughter to tag along. Here are three reasons I feel you should take your own teen to see this movie.
“I WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL!”
How many times have you asked yourself that very question? I admit it… I have asked that question multiple times in my life. In the movie, I felt that when Renee repeated this phrase, it was so important because I could see the light bulb go off in my daughter. Knowing that she is not alone in her thinking made her happy. In a perfect world, I do not want my daughter to repeat “I want to be beautiful” but instead say, “I do not want to be beautiful, I already am”.
Renee’s friends were true friends in that they were supportive without coddling her. They didn’t give into her when she doubted herself, they, instead tried to lift her up. Even when some of her choices were not great, they were honest with her and helped her to see herself for who and what she really is. We all know that teens can sometimes want to be friends with the popular individuals, but then realize that they have nothing in common. Renee’s friends are “friend-goals” in my book.
Despite the comedy that was present throughout the film, Renee oozed confidence during her transition and was unapologetically self-assured. That, in turn, caused others to see her differently. I think that seeing that confidence play out on screen was liberating for my daughter because she could see that no matter how you look it has no bearing on what you receive in life. Of course, there will be those times and industries where looks will matter, but even in those situations, the confidence will be what others ultimately see.
My daughter and I loved this movie. It had us laughing so hard while replying ‘no ma’am’ to the screen many times. Movies like this will definitely hold the attention of all that experience it. The overall storyline works for the movie and all of the characters played a part in its success. There were hints of life lessons and situations that were relatable in so many ways. The movie is rated PG-13, and as a mom, I think that 13 is a good age to experience this movie. However, word to the wise.. there is sex scene that while it is not overly “showy”, it can be somewhat inappropriate. My daughter is 15 so I felt it was fine for her to see it.
I think that all women (and men for that matter) tend to feel the same way Renee did at some point in their lives because let’s face it, it’s human nature to want what you feel is better than what you possess. I also believe that it is important to for teens (especially girls) to see this movie so that they can see that they are not alone in their feelings and while this movie doesn’t solve all of the problems of the world, it presented the sentiment in a way that teens will understand and enjoy.
At the end of the day, Renee saw herself as what she really was…. beautiful! That is the message I hope everyone walks away with.
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Until Next Time!
Photo credit: STX Films