The 'I Feel Pretty' Trailer’s Commentary On American Beauty Standards Is SO On Point — VIDEO

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What if falling in love with yourself was as easy as hitting your head? That's the question Amy Schumer's new movie I Feel Pretty is asking. On Thursday, February 8, the comedian debuted the first trailer for I Feel Pretty on Ellen, and there's a lot to unpack. The comedy stars Schumer as Renée, a self-conscious woman who injures herself during a spin class and emerges a newly self-appreciative woman. It's not in a "Oh, I cheated death, and want to appreciate life!" way, either: As the I Feel Pretty trailer shows, Renée recovers from the accident unchanged, except for immense confidence in her appearance. Blessed with positive self-image for the first time in her adult life, Renée begins to dress, style, and project herself differently.

I Feel Pretty costars Busy Philipps and Aidy Bryant as Schumer's best friends, who seem baffled by their friend's attitude, and comedian Rory Scovel as Schumer's love interest. The trailer promises a bevy of celebrity cameos, including Naomi Campbell, Michelle Williams (with long hair!), Sasheer Zamata, and Emily Ratajkowski. The I Feel Pretty teaser is optimistic and funny, as well as a tad ridiculous, which belies the complicated message at its core. To be fair, this is audiences' first look at the film, and there's likely more to it than that.

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At the beginning of the trailer, Schumer's character wears sweats, struggles to style her hair, and seems generally depressed. She snaps at Ratajkowski's character for experiencing self-doubt, and her visage scares a baby at the supermarket. It's obvious that this character has more going on than being underwhelmed by her appearance, but this first glimpse of I Feel Pretty isn't emphasizing it. The complicated question of "will feeling hotter improve my life?" is a tough idea to build a movie around, and its success will rest on Schumer's unique charms. She's made a name for herself with fierce, foul-mouthed, often self-deprecating comedy, and frequently discusses her struggle to find peace with her appearance. Even so, the concept of a film wherein a straight, white woman discovers femininity and self-love feels a little iffy. There are so many stories to tell, especially ones that don't focus on white women, and this first look at I Feel Pretty leaves something to be desired.

That said, Schumer does a good job of selling it. The I Feel Pretty trailer debut was built into the comedian's appearance on Ellen, where she introduced it with the concept of "mirror face": The expression one makes upon seeing their own reflection. Her past boyfriends, she jokes, found overwhelming confidence in their appearance, while her experiences were less empowering. As a result, Renée's journey in I Feel Pretty spoke to Schumer. Schumer is a confident performer, and surprisingly nuanced; she could take this material farther than expected.

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For I Feel Pretty to be successful, it will ultimately require layers. It's not clear whether it's a straightforward comedy, or more of a romantic comedy, or if Renée's potential head injury will find a way to cure itself before the time is up. It's unusual, but empowering? The reverse Shallow Hal? There's a lot to explore.

Further, it's important to remember that all people, everywhere, experience self-doubt, lapses in confidence, and hesitation about their appearance. Outward appearance isn't the answer to everything, and each person perceives themselves (and others) differently. Falling out off of a bike in a SoulCycle class and hitting your head probably isn't the answer to discovering instant, relentless self-confidence, though if you're fortunate enough to have that happen, more power to you.

I Feel Pretty will be released in theaters in late 2018.

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