The Movie: 5/10
I get it, we all need more confidence. There, I said it and it is not a complicated concept, even if it’s hard to put into your own life. I don’t really need a movie about a “plus size” woman who all of a sudden sees herself as a hot sexy babe and THAT is what gives her confidence. That being said, I laughed a lot and had a good time with this movie. Aside from the fact that it’s kind of insulting and misses the mark about trying to make all women feel good about themselves, it’s just a well made, standard comedy that tries to make a point, and that’s good enough for me.
I’m a round type woman, never been anything but round, and the confidence is an issue, but it is for everyone. I like that they addressed that with a couple of the more traditional model types in the movie as well. They make a point of showing that even the “beautiful” women have issues. How generous of them:). Everyone has insecurities, and feels like there is something awkward or ugly about themselves, it just is what it is. To make a movie that addresses THAT would be awesome, but instead this roll around the movie reel we get a tiny bit round woman, who is very funny and charming, who sees her reflection (we never see it by the way) as one of those model types and suddenly becomes super self confident, as if that solves all the problems. It doesn’t, but it’s got a sweetness about it most of the time so I can get over the simple execution of a complex human thing.
I know the intention is to give young women and girls some kind of role model or story that boosts their confidence, but I don’t think this is the one to do it. It still makes it VERY clear that being outside that spectrum of “beauty” is not as good, as glamorous, or appealing to society, unless you are super charming, super ambitious, super driven, or some other way to have to compensate for your non-attractiveness.
I get it, she’s becoming more accepting of who she is and realizes that she is fine just how she is….and then at the end of the movie she gets back on the exercise bike she fell off in the beginning of the movie, presumably to lose weight to be more attractive. YES she is doing it for her, sure, we can all pretend that’s what is going on, but if you use the rest of this movie to decide if she still wants to be plus size, guess what, she doesn’t. So, that kind of erases the whole point of being confident in who you are regardless of what society thinks of you. It’s a loop we can’t seem to escape.
All of that aside, I did laugh a lot and it’s got a good heart at the center, and I do think the people who made it had good intentions, so watch it with the intention of having a few chuckles and good vibes. There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂
- Deleted Scenes (9 Minutes) – Six deleted scenes that don’t really amount to much.
- Gag Reel (6 Minutes) – Obligatory Gag Reel
- Being Pretty (1 Minute) – One minute of the cast explaining what makes them feel pretty.
- Blu-ray & I Tunes Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
I feel Pretty is certainly a pretty looking Blu-ray. Universal have a nice looking 1080P AVC transfer here that really looks the part. I Feel Pretty is mostly a well lit film and comes across well like a 2018 release should., Shadow detail is good in what dark scenes there are and flesh tones are accurate and not overblown. I did see a slight bit of macro-blocking in a scene near the start but on a different TV I couldnt see it so it might just be my projector.
Universal use the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track for the Blu-ray release of I Feel Pretty. It’s what you have come to expect from a modern comedy and is mostly in the front speakers aside from when music kicks in. One really COOL moment is when Tove Lo’s Cool Girl kicks in as it gives the bass speaker a real jolt and sounds incredible.
Overall Score 5/10