In the Dark: Latest Schumer comedy is funny, if a little heavy-handed at times

Amy Schumer and Rory Scovel in I Feel Pretty

‘I Feel Pretty’

Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams

Directed by: Amy Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Rated: PG-13

Just hearing the title of this makes me want to break into the song from “West Side Story.” It’s Maria’s big number as she sways and preens in front of the mirror. There is a lot of that going on in this movie, too, but it may be just an illusion and not a celebration of love at first sight.

This takes a circuitous route to ultimately deliver an empowering message to women. Of course, there’s a lot of the particular shock and awe humor that Schumer is famous for that you have to sit through to get to the big message, but the really funny part is it’s right in front of you the whole time.

Schumer starts off against type as a low key, lowly worker for a huge cosmetic company, Lily LeClair. A Web manager, her lack of confidence is evident in the way she carries herself and interacts with others. When she spins off her bike during a spin class and bangs her head, she wakes up a different person, or at least she thinks so. What she sees in the mirror is a beautiful woman, and that takes her to a confidence level that is off the charts.

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