Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) is your average looking girl, somewhat overweight, low self-esteem and a lack of initiative who works in New York City for LeClaire cosmetics but in the basement blocks away from the high rise building that harbors the headquarters and all the beautiful people. Renee has always wanted to work with the elite beauty crowd but always knew she would not fit in so she continues to work with Mason (Adrian Martinez) in the basement where they see no one and not even the light of day. Renee has two best friends, Vivian (Aidy Bryant) and Jane (Busy Phillips) who she regularly hangs out with that is until one day at her soul cycle class she has a violent accident and when she wakes up her entire world has changed. The woman that she hated to look at in the mirror is gone and what’s left now is Renee the super model.
Living her new life Renee loses her best friends but gains a boyfriend, Ethan (Rory Scovel) which she meets at the dry cleaners over some dried vomit. With her new found looks and confidence that only she can see Renee starts to move up in the world. She applies for the receptionist job at LeClaire at the headquarters and thanks to Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams) Renee lands the job eventually moving up the corporate ladder and almost into bed with Avery’s brother Grant (Tom Hopper). She does impress Avery’s grandmother Lily (Lauren Hutton) the woman who started LeClaire by pitching her about the real woman and who the consumers are for a new diffuser line for Target. Renee realizes that if you want it bad enough all will come true but when her wish wears off Renee is faced with a possible break up , no friends, no job, yet in the end and thanks to good management credit goes all around and not just to the higher up’s.
The film has a good story with a great message, it is well directed and written although somewhat predictable and cliché. The laughs are consistent but not enormous but the message laced in at the end is superb. I found a few holes along the way and expected a much higher platform for hysterical which never came, laughs yes, hysterical not so much, but overall it is a fun story to watch as in films like “Pretty Woman” and “Working Girl” two of my personal favorites. I know Amy is a big dog lover and that she had her dog on the set with her but it would have been nice to give her a cat or dog in the story which would have opened up the story for some additional funny moments.
Schumer was great in this film able to laugh at herself as much as with herself and others. Williams and her soft voice was a good side line as was the brief scenes with Hopper and Hutton. Naomi Campbell has a small mostly speechless role but Bryant, Phillips and Scovel have supporting roles that I thought could have been utilized a bit more. Martinez is a great laugh and Ratajkowski has a good message as does the end of the story. Overall this film is funny, not hysterical but definitely worth a good chuckle for almost 2 hours and will leave you feeling a bit empowered even without hitting your head.