Magazine article Variety

Reviews in Brief

Magazine article Variety

Reviews in Brief

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FILM REVIEW

I Feel Pretty

In this formulaic wish-fulfillment comedy, Amy Schumer plays a woman who doesn't believe she's beautiful. If you agree, then the high-concept satire - in which a concussion gives her supposedly schlubby character a shot of self-confidence - is liable to be hilarious. But if you accept that real women have curves, then this takedown of the fashion industry's impossible beauty standards feels quite tragic, since the actress comes off trying too hard to convince herself of what anyone can see: that she's amazing. What sets "I Feel Pretty" apart is the premise that Renee's transformation takes place in her head, while those around her are befuddled by her change of attitude - a concept that prompts the question of why society encourages women to second-guess their self-image in the first place. peter debruge

Directors: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel

FILM REVIEW

Super Troopers 2

"Super Troopers 2" is an aggressively lame comedy full of leftover '80s jokes that feel about as dangerous as old vaudeville routines. …

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