Amy Schumer thinks critics of ‘I Feel Pretty’ are just ‘projecting’ & missing the point

Premiere Of STX Films' "I Feel Pretty"

Here are some photos from the big LA premiere of I Feel Pretty. I’m including photos of the lead actress, Amy Schumer, and Emily Ratajkowski, who has a supporting role. Emily’s dress is Michael Kors and it is… odd. But at least she doesn’t have her t-ts out, so small mercies. I don’t know who designed Amy’s ensemble, but I like it and it’s pretty flattering on her. She also has that just-married glow about her.

Anyway, I’ve managed to get this far without discussing the “backlash” to this particular movie. The movie is about a woman – played by Amy Schumer – who struggles with low self-esteem and how the world sees her as not model-beautiful or whatever. One day, she gets a concussion and suddenly she sees herself as beautiful and she has all the confidence in the world. Here’s the trailer:

When I first watched this a few months ago, I thought it looked cute. But the criticism was still there, on many corners of the internet: why was an attractive blonde white woman chosen for the lead, why does it feel so patronizing to women, etc. While I think those are important conversations to have, doesn’t it seem like the message of this film is that “having confidence” is the best beauty/career/romantic advice you can get? Like, your whole world changes and people treat you differently if you have confidence in yourself. Amy addressed the would-be controversy this week, telling Vulture:

“There’s been a lot of projection. I heard a lot of, “She doesn’t have a right to feel bad about herself because she looks however she looks.” But first off, it’s not about an ugly troll becoming beautiful, it’s about a woman who has low self-esteem finding some. Everyone’s got a right to feel that feeling, regardless of their appearance. We all struggle with self-esteem. I certainly have. Your friends who you think are so beautiful, they could be struggling too. You want them to see themselves the way you see them, but it’s not our place to say who should be allowed to have low self-esteem…. But this projection, yeah: I heard the comment, “Why does she have to think of herself as skinny?” a lot. But you never see how I see myself! That’s a guess, that Renee thinks of herself as skinny. In the scene after the head injury, the assumption is that the woman I see when I look in the mirror is skinny, but I’m just seeing my same self and perceiving my body as beautiful. She doesn’t say, “I’m so thin!” She just says that she’s amazed by her jawline, and her boobs, and her ass. If anything, that sounds like a more voluptuous woman to me.

[From Vulture]

I think she’s right? God help me, I’ve become an Amy Schumer defender, but I think she’s right about this. And why would it be an issue if her character was suddenly like “OMG, I’m skinny!” Let me tell you, as someone whose weight has fluctuated over the years, people treat you like you’re garbage when you’re chubby. I’ve never been Emily Ratajkowski-thin and I would love to know what they feels like for a week. And that’s the fantasy that this film plays into: would you actually have to be as thin as Emily Ratajkowski, or would you just like to know what it feels like to walk around with the confidence of a beautiful woman?

World Premiere of I Feel Pretty

Premiere Of STX Films' "I Feel Pretty"

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  1. Patricia says:

    I had a concussion last week. What a bummer, cognitive rest blows. Anyway, I just looked at Amy Schumer for the first time since my concussion and guess what? She’s as obnoxious, problematic and grating as ever hahahah.

    • Slowsnow says:

      🤣 add terrible actress to the list…
      Hope you are doing good though?

      • Bridget says:

        I actually think Amy Schumer is a great comedic actress. She has great timing and is very capable of witty repartee. This movie might fall flat or miss the mark with someone else in it, but she has made a career off of material like this. Also, she’s very self-aware when it comes to appearance, and often makes fun of herself first before other people can.

      • Slowsnow says:

        I respectfully disagree. She always plays the same role to me which seems to be a certain hyper-version of herself.

      • Audi says:

        First, all the best on your concussion recovery. Second, I agree she does always play the same role which is a hyper-version of herself but if it works, it works? How many other comedians have done the exact same things for TV and screen and have been extremely successful? Seinfeld, Sandler, Farley, Barr, Carrey, Fey, Poehler, Hawn (Goldie’s in a class of her own – love), etc. It works even though their humor may not be our cup of tea. She an awful actress but I don’t really care. She sends a good message and, though obnoxious, she can be funny as hell. Also, I’m thrilled with what she’s wearing on this red carpet!! Love the color, silhouette, styling – well done.

    • Saartjie says:

      Concussions can be horrible. I had depression for months after mine, the side effects can be quite long lasting and more complex than you expect – hopefully you have a better experience though!

    • Veronica S. says:

      Keep on eye on your symptoms into the second month, too. My friend had to go back to the doctor for a second check up about eight weeks after it happened because she was duplicating words in her sentences and not realizing it. (She was ultimately fine and just needed more recovery time, but still.) The brain is a very delicate organ.

    • Ashley says:

      Sounds like you should keep resting cognitively for now.

    • Patricia says:

      Thanks everyone! I’m taking it very seriously and getting all the care that’s been recommended to me. It’s frustrating when your brain feels broken, and scary too.

    • alternative fact says:

      Oh man patricia I feel your pain. I’ve had two concussions 8 months apart (one last may and one this january). I wish I had gotten off the floor and felt great about myself like amy in this movie! After my first concussion I fell into a depression that lasted 6 months. It was AWFUL.

      I hope you’re able to take the time you need to rest up and that you heal quickly.

    • Elysium1973 says:

      Be sure and look out for post concussive syndrome. I’m a physician assistant in practice for ten years and I’ve seen many, many cases of this over the years. Please do a google search for it (I tried to include information but it keeps deleting my post.) It’s typically manifests as headaches, mood changes (depression and irritability), fatigue, dizziness and can last for months after the initial event. If you do start to get these symptoms seek the counsel of a neurologist who specializes in head injury/concussion.

  2. annabanana says:

    I hate to say this but it’s true, people treat you differently when you’re heavy/fat. Have always been thin but gained 70lbs when I got pregnant, it took me 3 years to lose all the weight and during the time I was heavier there were noticeable difference on how people treated me. People are nicer, more polite when your thin both men and women

    • Veronica S. says:

      Yep. I gained weight as a result of thyroid disease flying under the radar for 3-4 years. Even within family and friends, it’s amazing how many people want to give me unsolicited opinions about my weight and how to lose it – a woman who counts calories, works out six days a week, and works a physical job. 9_9

    • Rumi says:

      Yes they do. In my social circle there is a unspoken pressure to stay slim, as soon as you start gaining weight elders will remark on your weight. Its seen as sign as you are letting yourself slip. If you are attractive, slim and dressed well you get treated better.
      My sister was bullied horribly for being overweight, she’s now obsessive over her weight and its really damaging.
      We should learn to accept all kinds of people.

      • Slushee says:

        Groups have norms.
        It’s also a class issue – in my husband’s old and noble family, weight gain by the daughter (when she went to an American prep school) was considered unacceptable. Not unattractive- unacceptable.

    • HeidiM says:


    • Elysium1973 says:

      I’ve gone from having a body fat of 10% when I was an amateur kickboxer and weighing 120 pounds (I’m 5’4) to gaining 40 pounds after I had an emergency back surgery (I ruptured my L5-S1 disc) and not being able to work out. I was very confident and always had boyfriends. Over the last few years my self confidence has taken a big hit and I’m really not comfortable dating because I hate the way I look (and I’m fairly attractive otherwise.) I’m successful in my career and have a great professional life but my personal life kinda sucks.

      • Sadezilla says:

        Me too, Elysium. I’m 5’3” and used to run a lot in my 20’s, and I haven’t been able to run into my 30’s due to overuse injuries and just generally bad mechanics. I’ve gained a lot of weight and it’s definitely one reason I avoid dating, though my confidence was terrible when I was 120 lbs. I’m emotionally healthier now, but still a bit self conscious. When I was about 15 lbs lighter than I am now and really at pretty healthy weight, a guy told me on a first date that I had “some curves going on” and guessed how much I weighed. RUDE!

  3. Belle Epoch says:

    Seems like this movie was written for her!

    • Slowsnow says:

      I don’t understand her comment as evidently the film is supposed to be hilarious because Amy behaves like a skinny woman while being chubby: showing her impeccable belly, wearing super short skirts when she has cellulite etc. It’s very disingenuous? Weirdly chubby shaming? Lena Dunhamesque (as in: if you show your body all the time because you are an exhibitionist you will be called an amazing feminist and promoteur of self-love)?
      Amy has a very nice body: she has long legs, nice boobs, strong arms, good ol’ bum, there is nothing wrong with her. The only thing about her is that, like, 99% of the population, she is not model-like, which is something she does not seem to accept.

      • Amber says:

        @Slowsnow, skinny bodies can be saggy too. The only type of body that looks good is a toned body, with a little muscle definition. When we see Victoria Secret models we think “she was born this way”, and she was in terms of her frame, but not the body “quality” and muscle tone. If you are skinny you have to sweat in the gym too.

      • LP says:

        Yeah, exactly- I read a review that said the punchline of all the jones is basically “can you imagine this dummy ACTUALLY thinking she’s good looking?! Madness I tell you! HAHAH!!” That’s the worry I had right from the trailer- it’s great to promote self confidence in women but if your punch lines are “LOOK AT THE TROLL” you’ve lost the point I feel.

      • booRadley says:

        WOW!! you definitely don’t get it then.
        confidence is sexy. confidence is alluring. confidence can get your further in the world than your pants size.
        that’s what the movie is about, her body didn’t change, the body and face that people see doesn’t change, how she feels about herself, how she projects her self image does, and it can change your life.
        I am living proof of that. Once I stopped hating my body and loving all my fatness, I was hotter, sexier, picked up way more hotties that I once would have thought were out of my league, more determined and confident in my work.
        I am here for this movie, and god help me, I enjoy Amy Schumer movies, her stand up, meh.

      • Slowsnow says:

        I am happy for you!
        I will not say you did or didn’t get it. You’re entitled to your life experience and your POV’s.
        Regarding the trailer, my POV, is that the camera work, the angles, the focus, for the spectator’s “delight”, is a wide array of shots of a chubby girl shaking her muffin – and that’s what people will focus on. Where does she get her confidence? From a concussion that leads her to believe she changed and is beautiful – not because she sees herself as beautiful: she does ask her friends if they recognize her.
        A beautiful confident chubby woman? Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect.

  4. OriginalLala says:

    While I understand the message of this movie, I am so fed up with how much emphasis we put on our looks, a woman’s confidence shouldn’t be based on how beautiful we think we are ffs. We are way more valuable than our faces and bodies. I’m not a jealous troll (before anyone accuses me of being anti-pretty people or whatever) I’m what society would consider an attractive woman – shapely, conventionally pretty features etc. I am just fed up with the message that “beautiful” is what we should be aspiring to be. I’d rather get my confidence from my intelligence, my kindness, my sense of humour etc.

    i’m feeling salty this morning lol

    • Slowsnow says:

      I so agree with you. And I usually post messages in the same sense.
      But the other day I read on instagram:

      “beauty is not important” = pretty people
      “money is not important” = rich people
      “intelligence is not everything” = smart people

      🙂 We’ll never know what we cannot miss. But I am being the devil’s advocate. I am too fed up with this accent on looks/ especially from an attractive woman like Schumer.

      • OriginalLala says:

        I see your point Slowshow about the privilege of saying something isn’t important. I really do wish we would stop putting so much pressure on women to be beautiful at the expense of other things.

      • Kata says:

        I agree. It’s easy to say something doesn’t matter when your’re never been without it.

      • Wiffie says:

        In the same vein, one can’t determine that money/beauty is important if they have never “had” any (to their subjective personal standard be of what it is to “have”).

      • yvrjanice says:

        I’m actually a pretty big fan of Schumer. I find her quite hilarious. But she is NOT considered an attractive woman by Hollywood’s standards – more like an average gal. That being said, her confidence is her biggest asset and I believe this is what draws her fans to her. I think this movie is very important and motivating. I learnt a very valuable message on a trip to Greece once. There was a young girl on our tour that was at least 30 pounds overweight but she had the face of Sophia Loren. She was one of the most confident women I’ve ever met and men were obsessed with her, despite her extra pounds. She really taught me a lot about self confidence and I’ve never forgot her. You’d be surprised how much self confidence is in your mind.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I think that’s actually the underlying point, tbh. We spend so much time concerned with our looks that it interferes with our ability to accomplish happiness within other aspects of our life, too. If it’s a smart film, it serves as a very pointed dig at the strategic way patriarchal cultures undermine women’s self-esteem to their benefit.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s how I feel too – if it were about total confidence, including her career, relationships, knowledge, etc, and physical appearance was just a small part of that, I’d be more inclined to like the idea, but if it’s all about looks, no thanks.
      Like you said, we are so much more than our looks.

    • Wren says:

      Yeah, I agree with you. Beauty is so heavily emphasized, to the exclusion of any other important traits, that it’s exhausting. It’s hard though, because our physical appearance is how we essentially interact with other people; it’s the first thing they see, it’s what they use to gather information about you, and it’s the avatar, if you will, that represents you in their mind. So of course physical beauty is important and has been for all of recorded history and likely before that. Notions of what beauty looks like change dramatically from culture to culture and century to century, but the concept of being beautiful has not.

      However, you can find beauty anywhere. It doesn’t have to hinge on your DNA-given physical attractiveness. Someone who is physically “perfect” but possesses nothing else of merit will become less beautiful the longer your know them. Someone who does not have conventional physical beauty but has other traits that makes being around them feel good will become more beautiful. At the end of the day, it’s not what you look like but how people feel when they are around you that matters.

    • Lexie says:

      “I am so fed up with how much emphasis we put on our looks, a woman’s confidence shouldn’t be based on how beautiful we think we are ffs. We are way more valuable than our faces and bodies.”

      I understand where the hate for the movis is coming from… but I honestly think what you said is EXACTLY the point of the movie.

  5. Veronica S. says:

    I think the film is attempting to make a fair point about how the constant barrage of criticism women receive about their looks not only forces them to invest more time than they should in their appearance but also batters down their self esteem, to the extent that it could be limiting us in other areas they really matter more.

    This being said…casting an attractive (just not thin and angular) blonde woman may be undermining the point somewhat. I get that putting a non-white woman in there would’ve forced the story to confront racism embedded in our beauty ideals, which would’ve made it much harder to drive comedy, but…it would’ve been a braver and more daring film, too.

    • Umyeah says:

      If you read comments on blogs Amy gets a lot of critcism for her looks so i her being cast isnt a negative thing, just bc you are blonde doesnt mean you are atttactive.

    • perplexed says:

      I’m actually surprised she’s considered too attractive for this role. Is it because she’s blonde? I’d say she’s….normal-looking? I don’t think she’s ugly by any means but I don’t think that even among regular people that she’s too pretty for something. I see good-looking people on the subway of all races who I believe are better-looking than her (I’m not sure if a good-looking person of colour would be treated less kindly than someone who is blonde like Schumer though. Whenever I read articles about “invisibility” and age, the writer is usually white). I vaguely remember she didn’t want to be put in the same size category as Adele, but I consider Adele to be quite stunning in the face.

      Anyway, learning that she’s considered too attractive for the part certainly gave more confidence to myself! I’ve never looked at a picture of hers and thought I’d want to trade my physicality with hers (this might happen with other actresses, but not her).

      • Bridget says:

        Adele has been at some points significantly heavier than amy Schumer. I don’t think it’s mean for her to point out their two bodies are not the same. It’s probably meaner for random critics to be poking fun at female celebrities, being like “why are you confident? You look just like this other fat _______ “

      • perplexed says:

        I didn’t say it was mean for Schumer to point out their bodies are not the same. I simply said she didn’t like being put into the same body category as Adele. However, I personally, in my opinion, feel that Adele has a beautiful face. Her face, I feel, is noticeable. And I would consider Amy Schumer normal looking (not ugly, not beautiful, just normal). Thus, she doesn’t seem to be inappropriately cast for this role.

        And, to be honest, that Amy Schumer would be considered too pretty for this role does make me feel better about myself, because imo Schumer looks like a normal person (not ugly, but not beautiful either. She looks like she fits into that category of people who wouldn’t be noticed either way. If you’re beautiful, people will notice you. If you don’t fit conventional beauty norms or something about your appearance sticks out in an unusual way (i.e sexy-ugly?, I guess), people will notice you. But then there’s ….normal. Which nobody has a reaction to. You’re just sort of…there. And nobody has strong opinions about your existence either way. You’re existing, but nobody really cares).

      • Veronica S. says:

        I don’t think she’s “too attractive” for the role, but I do think she’s a decently attractive woman who is blonde haired and blue eyed in a culture where those features are considered key to the highest ideals of beauty. She’s not somebody at either extremes, which is not problematic, per se, but it kind of gives a “shrug” impact to the story because regardless of her “flaws,” we can see that she’s still succeeded in this industry to even be in that film. If you took a woman more outside the traditional wheelhouse, that would be a different issue.

      • Victoria says:

        Attractiveness is unique to each person. I agree that she is not my cup of tea. She’s white and blonde and somehow considered cute… not by me. She’s grating! Also with the whole plus size thing she got all riled up about, she didn’t want to be categorized as plus sized but in Hollywood, America if you’re over size 6 it’s a done deal

      • Umyeah says:

        @veronicas so
        Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, mindy and many othe people who dont fit the traditional idea of attravtive have also succeded but still arennt cast in movies as love interest. Amy maybe blonde and blue eyed but that certainly doesnt mean she meets the hollywood standard of attractive. To me Amy doesnt fit the typcial wheelhouse of females who gain noterierty on hollywood and for that i appalud her. Seriously how many women over size two do we see on tv/movies?

    • Kata says:

      Wouldn’t putting a non-white woman in the role of the unattractive one be way more problematic?

      • Veronica S. says:

        That would depend on how the movie was written. If the focus of the film is more about how women are held back because of the lower self-esteem inflicted on them by a society that constantly demands them to be objects for male consumption, then it wouldn’t be an issue. The difference in casting a non-white woman is that you’d have to acknowledge how race becomes integral to that issue, as WOC, and especially *black* WOC, have long been viewed as “inferior” to white women in the hierarchy of female sexual appeal. And again, that’s heavy shit that most comedies aren’t willing to touch.

      • perplexed says:

        Yeah, I think it could be. If they did that, the the humour would probably have to be more…sophisticated? The movie would by necessity be different than the one Schumer put forth.

        I also think a lot of the well-known actresses in Hollywood who are women of colour and in her age range are prettier than Schumer. I’m not sure if its a requirement that women of colour be prettier to make it in Hollywood, but I’m trying to think of one who is “less pretty” and…I’m a little stumped. The actresses in Hollywood who are women of colour aren’t actually average-looking — they’re not blonde and blue-eyed, but they’re not average-lookin by what constitutes pretty. If Kerry Washington or Priyanka Chopra or one of the younger actresses from How To Get Away With Murder went around moaning about how ugly they look, I think we’d be going “wait, why? This premise makes no sense…”

      • Umyeah says:

        @perplexed you bring up some great points that being said Amy made her name as a comedian not as an actress. To me she is similiaer to Mindy or leslie jones, women who made it in an industry that values looks over talent. That being said i think Amy had it easier bc she wad white. But very women in hollywood (whethet they be white, black or any other race) if they are not tradionally beautiful.

  6. Lexter says:

    I’m seeing it tomorrow but have high hopes. I ‘get’ the premise and think it looks sweet & funny

    • Lex says:

      Watched it and enjoyed it.
      It was light hearted and enjoyable and had some really funny parts. The premise is clear – she doesn’t really change her clothes when she ‘feels pretty’ (someone above commented on her wearing short skirts and such) – she just carries herself differently. Her attitude completely changes.

      I left feeling more confident and with more of a ‘who cares what other people think’ attitude.

  7. jess1632 says:

    My body dismorphia is my worst enemy. I always say I “feel” chubby some days because friends get fed and say I’m not however it’s just a feeling. But it takes a real blow at any confidence on appearance and shape. I saw the trailer for this and I was basically I wish I had that confidence on a daily

    • minx says:

      I think I have slight body dysmorphia in the other direction. I think of myself as thinner and younger than I really am, and then I see a picture and it, um, surprises me.

      • Victoria says:

        Same! There are days when I’m convinced I’m statuesque, gorgeous, knockout and I’m average height and curvy, some days extra because food is delicious. I’ve had experiences in the past that mothers had problems with me so I’ve had to frump up wearing scrubs and only using moisturizer (sped/ABA in homes) because husbands have been creepy.

  8. Red says:

    I think in this case, people are criticizing just to criticize. Will this be a top film? No. If you’re chunky, men really do see you as less than, and women can be mean too. I like that this movie says to have confidence, rather than changing your physical self.

    • IMUCU says:

      So true, now that I’ve put on weight because of health/medication issues, I notice I get “checked out” a lot less often. I feel invisible and judged quite often.

    • Suki says:

      Yes, I agree. People are mean whether you are too big or too small. There is always ‘too’ much of something. I am a slim woman and so I can’t relate to the nastiness that comes towards bigger women but I have been bullied/criticised for being smaller, even as a teenager when it was really just the result of being nervous, a picky eater and having a fast metabolism. Nowadays I eat healthily and exercise for my figure as well as for my health and wellbeing, but people can still be nasty.

      I think the point is that other people can always be cruel whether it’s on appearance, personality or anything else and learning to like who you are is very important. You only need to be worthwhile in your OWN eyes and maybe of those you love, but even then, it’s YOU who gets to say that you’re okay. (Easier said than done.)

  9. Emily says:

    Amy made total sense here and was well spoken. Anyone can have low self-esteem. There are many types of beautiful. Anyone who is assuming her character sees herself as thin is projecting, and anyone who says Amy isn’t ugly enough to play this character is also buying into the “ideal” they are attempting to critique.

  10. Cee says:

    I’ve gained 10 kilos in less than 6 months due to a metabolic disorder I’ve just been diagnosed with, and the meds are not working. For the past 2 months and a half I’ve been working out with a personal trainer and cut back on sugar and carbs and even dairy, and I haven’t lost 1 kilo yet.
    Before this weight gain I complained about my body and weight A LOT and now I realise that what I had was pretty OK, not perfect nor model-like, but perfect in its’ imperfection. My problem, at the moment, is failing to accept my body and health as it is.

    And yes, a lot of people do treat you like garbage when you’re on the wrong side of chubby and fat/obese. I feel invisible most of the time.

  11. susiecue says:

    I gotta say I agree, she makes sense, may change my mind and give the movie a shot.

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      Same here. Why can’t I just enjoy a funny movie? Why do I have to analyze everything? I mean it looks fun and I kind of get what she’s saying. And who hasn’t had the experience of walking into a store and having them tell you what there are sizes online that will fit you?

      • Veronica S. says:

        Analysis is important for a couple of reasons, but for issues like this, it’s to acknowledge unconscious biases that may slither their way into mainstream media. That shit has real psychological impact that has been observed and discussed for years. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy something. It just means you enjoy it with a sense of awareness.

  12. minx says:

    I have to say her hair looks very pretty, seems a shade darker, and her makeup looks nice.

  13. Originaltessa says:

    I mean, I guess Amy is attractive, but by Hollywood standards she’s not at all. She’s a good person to play this role, IMO. You can believe her character wouldn’t necessarily feel beautiful and have high self esteem.

  14. WingKingdom says:

    Here’s where I’m going to go with this: we want movies with female writers and directors. We want movies about women’s stories that don’t center on the men in their lives. Then we criticize the sh— out of movies that aren’t perfect. Men don’t criticize the message of Batman or the message of Scarface. They just enjoy them for what they are and move on if they don’t like it. I don’t want to crush female-driven movies because they aren’t perfect on the first try.

    • ChrissyMS says:

      Great point!

    • lucy2 says:

      That is a very good point. It just bugs that a female driven movie is all about looks.

      • Lex says:

        This one isn’t really – it’s all about her confidence. Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder anyway. And in her eyes, she was a knockout. Confidence is another matter all together. Beautiful people aren’t automatically confident (this is addressed in the film) but Amy’s character had a whole confidence ‘makeover’ and her life changed because of it.

    • Kitten says:

      I think you make a great point, even though Schumer drives me crazy.

    • Slowsnow says:

      Yes… That’s true. Good point.

    • Suki says:

      100% agree.

    • bella says:

      For real! I am going to see this movie because it seems funny without any preconceived notions.

  15. Amber says:

    Hahah, do you know who actually has a movie about how an overweight woman suddenly starts seeing herself as skinny and thus beautiful? Gwyneth Paltrow! Of course. I think it’s called “Shallow Hal”.
    And Emily Ratajkowski is considered to be beautiful not because she’s skinny but because she is curvy (curvy has nothing to do with body weight. it’s a waist to hips ratio and she has a nice one. You can be overweight and shaped like a potato or skinny and curvy and vice versa). There are lots of skinny bodies that are not considered conventionally attractive. Most “high fashion” runway models have those.

    • ChrissyMS says:

      Shallow Hal was totally different. Gwenyth wore a fat suit. The concept is different.

    • Merritt says:

      Not exactly. In Shallow Hal, Jack Black’s character is hypnotized by Tony Robbins of all people to see inner beauty and not focus on the physical.

      • Amber says:

        @Merritt, yes, but when he was not concentrated on physical he somehow saw “skinny” Gwyneth

      • Merritt says:

        He saw Skinny Gwyneth. But she wasn’t seeing herself as thin. That is a major difference.

  16. Ina says:

    This reminds me of the ’00s Jack Black movie Shallow Hal! It’s a similar concept except the eye of the beholder is the woman herself. I don’t have a problem with it.

  17. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Still problematic. Still a joke thief. Still horrible.

    • Ina says:

      Amy Schumer is a joke thief? Since when?

      • ValiantlyVarnished says:

        Seriously?? A simple Google search will tell you that she has been accused of stealing other comedian’s jokes for years. It’s also been written about quite a few times. Besides being racially problematic and defending a dude accused of rape who worked with her (she’s the blonde Lena Dunham) she’s also a thief.

  18. ChrissyMS says:

    I feel like people are taking this way to seriously and Amy is disliked by the internet, so it is easy to critique something she is involved in. She is attractive yes, but not a super model. Lot’s of woman have self esteem issues and this movie seems to address that. Confidence is everything. Lighten up Internet. It is just a movie.

  19. velvethornsby says:

    I saw this movie last night (one perk of living in LA is access to sneak previews, I suppose). Really humorous with such great ‘touchstones’ of living in todays effed-up society. The convo in the locker room when the Amy and Emily character first meet is hilarious! The whole movie is funny and poignant at the same time. It’s great.

  20. Laura says:

    I love Amy 💕 Her book made me laugh (and cry…when she talks about her Dad and his illness) and I love her movies (especially “Trainwreck”). I cannot wait to see this latest release 😄

  21. TPOE says:

    I don’t know about the larger point but I do know that I have tried on two separate occasions to sit through her stand up routine (Live at the Apollo, the Leather Special) and also tried to watch Train wreck. All other things aside, she’s, in my opinion, just not funny. At all.

    • Slowsnow says:

      Yes, exactly. The following poster mentioned Leslie Jones and now I can imagine laughing at some of the scenes I saw in the trailer. Schumer seems like an angry, slightly aggressive person who will punch you if you don’t laugh at her jokes.

    • Karen says:

      My husband and I walked out of Train Wreck. Hated it!

    • Lex says:

      I like her and think she is funny

  22. Slacker says:

    This being no comment at all on the actress’s looks bc that’s just gross, Leslie Jones would have killed this role. I can just picture her especially in the post concussion part. Just my opinion but she would have been a better choice and way more fun.

    • Harryg says:


    • Nn says:

      Amy is not pretty to me so she actually is perfect for the role.
      Oh and it has nothing to do with her weight. She just doesn’t have a pretty face or body shape.

    • Nn says:

      Amy is not pretty to me so she actually is perfect for the role.
      Oh and it has nothing to do with her weight. She just doesn’t have a pretty face or body shape.

  23. Tanesha86 says:

    I have a very strong dislike of Amy Schumer as a person because she’s racist and problematic so I don’t find anything about her attractive or funny. Does she have a point? Maybe but I can definitely understand how the message of this film might be misconstrued 🤷🏾‍♀️

  24. Maddy says:

    I’m not a fan of Amy but I do think she has a point. To be honest I’m so over everything becoming so niche, that you’re not allowed to identify with an issue unless you fit a specific set of conditions. In this instance she’s not allowed to comment on the incredible pressure society puts on women for their looks or mental and physical health issues that raises because she’s white and blonde?? I get that she may not have had it as hard as some but she’s most certainly copped crap about her looks due to her body type, as had nearly every single woman I know no matter their race or age.

    I’ve been fighting this fight since the early 70’s. I’ve raised two strong, independent daughters but I fear the world my granddaughters are raised in won’t be one in which feminism is a joint raising of arms and voices against a society that seeks to hold women down. It’s simply becoming too fractured.

  25. i, pet goat 2 says:

    Disregarding the politics of this specific movie (which I happen to be on board with, although not Schumer fan at all, for reasons others have pointed out)…

    …isn’t it a terrible constant how women-centered movies are being torn down before they even come out?

  26. Harryg says:

    Ratajkowski’s dress is hideous.

  27. T.Fanty says:

    For me, the problem isn’t even that. The problem is that pretty much ALL of Amy’s comedy boils down to “I’m not pretty” and it’s just tiresome. We get it – you got famous, went to LA and realized that by Hollywood standards, you’re big. It’s been five years now – find another story to tell.

  28. Nn says:

    White and blonde doesn’t equal attractive. How bizarre is that assumption?
    Amy is not conventionally attractive. Even if she lost weight and bleached her hair to platinum blonde, she still wouldn’t be attractive.
    Her face is not pretty. Her body shape (not weight) is not attractive.
    She is perfect for the role.

    • Bridget says:

      Again, she’s not pretty TO YOU. We got it. This is probably why we need movies like this.

    • naomipaige says:

      A lot of people feel the same way as you. We are all entitled to our own opinions, and they are neither right or wrong. It’s just how we feel. I don’t find anything attractive about her either.

      • Suki says:

        Exactly, the traits of blonde hair and blue eyes are seen as attractive but it’s not as simple as dying your hair blonde and popping in blue contacts and BAM you’re attractive. You actually need to have a nice face. Otherwise, it’s just, she has good hair or nice eyes, but…nope.

  29. Tan says:

    Yeah. Even if you have oodles of self confidence, if you are chubby people treat you with contempt. Even if you are not self conscious, people make you feel self conscious. Even those in your social circle, friends. It takes an immense amount of self confidence to get over that.

    Even when you are same inside , if you loose weight you can see the change in attitude.

    Don’t know anything about the movie though.

  30. isabelle says:

    Think it actually looks funny and want to see it. Yes confidence definitely matters, you tell people what you think of yourself everyday and it is not just in how look or your beauty. We are in a sense still part of the ‘animal’ kingdom and that biological trait in identifying body language and even how someone speaks for our safety and to understand each other is still in us. We often know instinctively right away where someone thinks bad about themselves

  31. Digital Unicorn says:

    Don’t know too much about Amy’s work but enough to know I don’t find her funny at all, in fact whenever I hear her name I associate her in a negative way with Lena Dunham. I saw her interview on Graham Norton with Goldie Hawn and her attempts at being funny irritated me. I may have gone to see this movie if the lead was Leslie Jones – love her.

    • naomipaige says:

      I’m the same. Whenever I hear her name, hear her speak,, or read anything she has to say, it’s like nails running down a chalkboard. She irritates the heck out of me.

  32. Tess says:

    This is Amy “I’m not plus size!” Shumer so I’m not here for any of her intersectional feminism and empowerment, especially because she’s probably patting herself on the back like crazy. To me it still looks like she’s defining the limit, like she’s the cutoff for empowerment – white and big but not too big and “could be skinny if she tried but she doesn’t want to be because yay ‘curves’ and eating!” If they had to have a white woman lead why not her costar Abby from SNL who is not only bigger but arguably more charming, or Chrissy Metz. But whatever, it’s not that deep, I just don’t like her.

  33. perplexed says:

    The movie looks kind of amusing to me. Will it win Oscars no? But for a laugh, I think this will do.

  34. L84Tea says:

    I never thought I’d agree with Amy Schumer, but I have to agree with her now. I think she’s spot on.

    And as for the comment that chubby girls get treated like garbage…100% sad truth.

  35. No Doubtful says:

    Amy is considered attractive? I’d lump her in with Lena Dunham…average looking with a crap personality.

    This sort of reminds me of Shallow Hal in reverse.

  36. Pandy says:

    Ok that picture d ok es not make me envy Emily!! Yikes. I think the movie looks funny and I hope it is. I love comedy. I just want to laugh. Going with a friend to see it next weekend. VIP theatre so we can have cocktails incase it’s not that funny ha ha

  37. naomipaige says:

    To me, her personally makes her ugly!

  38. perplexed says:

    Are we supposed to be laughing at the character for liking herself? I’ll admit I find the trailer amusing, but I do think the message the movie is sending out is a little confusing. The character likes herself after the concussion, but people look at her like she’s crazy for thinking she’s pretty. It kind of seems like the movie is mocking the character a bit while at the same time advocating self-love.

    • Lex says:

      Nah, watch it and you’ll see.

      She is working at a high end cosmetics company (hired for her plucky confidence) where the previous people in the role were vacant faced young model types. People are surprised to see her behind the desk as the face of the company but she quickly proves her worth.

  39. D says:

    I gained a lot of weight my first two years of college, then lost it the last two years of college. Wow! What a difference in the way I was treated! Especially by men, but also by women! I almost didn’t realize it until I gained some of it back again, then lost it again! I finally noticed a pattern. People were much more attentive and polite when I was thinner.
    I have wondered though… how much has to do with my confidence and how I presented myself at those times? Was I more friendly when I felt better about myself?
    Sadly, 20 years later, I still struggle with my weight and the pattern seems to hold true. I wish I could learn to not view and value myself based on my weight. It’s so hard for me to though bc I think I gain weight when I am stressed or not feeling good about myself. It’s a vicious cycle, really.
    I wonder if this movie will bring any light to this issue or just play to the stereotypes.

    • Sara says:

      This is sadly 100% true. People are way nicer to me when I’m on the thinner side. When my weight starts creeping up people become dismissive.

  40. cf86713 says:

    I saw an advanced screening of it the other day. It was better than I thought it would be and I never saw an Amy Schumer movie until now.

    Its predictable but it was decent.

  41. Sara says:

    I know some really confident young women who aren’t model skinny but still rock it. I think the idea that *just* being skinny makes you attractive is totally wrong. I have had friends who struggled with anorexia and they were anything but attractive. Mostly they just looked sick.

    Really I think when it comes to attractiveness a lot of it is grooming, effort like doing your make up, getting your hair done, etc. I’d have to say only a fraction of what we think of as beauty is even what you look like when you first roll out of bed in the morning.

  42. Suki says:

    The colour of that dress really pops on Amy. Wow.