Amy Schumer would like you to see ‘I Feel Pretty’ before criticizing it

Amy Schumer
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Amy Schumer

Even before it’s opened, Amy Schumer’s made-in-Massachusetts movie “I Feel Pretty” is being criticized by some who feel the conceit — an insecure woman suffers a head injury and suddenly thinks she’s beautiful — is a bit too similar to “Shallow Hal,” the Farrelly brothers film about a guy who falls for an overweight woman because he sees her as willowy.

Nonsense, says Schumer, who thinks people should wait to see the movie before judging it. (“I Feel Pretty” opens Friday.)

“There was a backlash to the trailer, and that was kind of disappointing,” the actress/comedian told New York Magazine. “Even then, though, I understood it, and knew that the film wasn’t about what they thought it was about. I just wished they could see it.”


Schumer says the criticism has been misguided.

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“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,’ ” she said. “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.”

But Schumer acknowledged she’s feeling pretty great these day, in particular since she met — and married — chef Chris Fischer, whose family owns Beetlebung Farm on Martha’s Vineyard.

“I got married a couple months ago, and I love him so much,” she said. “I once thought I’d never find someone I’d want to partner up with forever, and I’m so grateful to have him in my life.”