'There are no fat jokes!' Busy Philipps fires back at critics of her new movie I Feel Pretty after trailer starring Amy Schumer was blasted for promoting a 'mean, body-shaming' plot

  • The 38-year-old actress who plays Jane has suggested the backlash is completely unfounded  and 'unfair'
  • The movie's plot revolves around a woman named Renee, played by Amy Schumer, who believes she looks like a supermodel after hitting her head
  • After the trailer was released, the movie received sharp criticism from many saying it was 'destructive and revolting'
  • However Busy also suggested that it's 'reductive' to make assumptions based on the trailer and argued that there are no jokes about Amy's body at her expense
  • The movie was co-written and directed by Busy's husband Marc Silverstein

While Amy Schumer's new move I Feel Pretty has only been in theaters since April 20, the film has been making headlines ever since the trailer was first released in February.

And while her self-depreciating humor has made her one of the biggest names in Hollywood, people were quick to denounce the film's concept before they'd even watched the whole movie from start to finish.

But Amy's co-star Busy Philipps, 38, who plays Jane in the film, is speaking out in defense of her on and off-screen friend, and has suggested that the backlash the movie has faced is completely unfounded.

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Speaking out: Busy Phillips has responded to the I Feel Pretty backlash, saying the movie is not about Amy Schumer's body and the jokes are not at her expense

Speaking out: Busy Phillips has responded to the I Feel Pretty backlash, saying the movie is not about Amy Schumer's body and the jokes are not at her expense

Unfair: The 38-year-old actress who plays Jane in the movie (pictured center with Aidy Bryant to the left and Schumer to the right) suggested the backlash is unfounded and 'unfair'

Unfair: The 38-year-old actress who plays Jane in the movie (pictured center with Aidy Bryant to the left and Schumer to the right) suggested the backlash is unfounded and 'unfair'

Theme: The movie's plot focuses on a woman named Renee (played by Schumer) and her severe struggle with her insecurity over her looks

Theme: The movie's plot focuses on a woman named Renee (played by Schumer) and her severe struggle with her insecurity over her looks

Controversy:However when Renee hits her head during a spin class, she's suddenly filled with self-confidence and believes she's the most beautiful woman in the world
Controversy:However when Renee hits her head during a spin class, she's suddenly filled with self-confidence and believes she's the most beautiful woman in the world

Controversy:However when Renee hits her head during a spin class, she's suddenly filled with self-confidence and believes she's the most beautiful woman in the world 

'I think that's reductive if you haven't seen the film. I think it's incredibly reductive to make an assumption based on a 20-second trailer for an hour and a half film,' she said in an interview with Hello Giggles.

The movie's plot focuses on a woman named Renee (played by Schumer) and her severe struggle with her insecurity over her looks.

However, in a sudden - and rather controversial – twist, Renee suddenly gains a new-found feeling of self-confidence after a severe head injury leaves her believing that she is the most beautiful woman on the planet, apparently causing her to see herself totally differently whenever she looks in the mirror.

Those who disapproved of the movie based on the trailer quickly took to social media to share their negative thoughts on the film.

One Twitter user wrote: 'So we really going to pretend that I Fee Pretty isn't really f*****g mean and the fact that Amy Schumer is that mean to herself doesn't excuse it.'

Another skeptic of the film tweeted that they thought the plot of the film was 'problematic in so many ways'.

He said: 'The new Amy Schumer movie I Feel Pretty is such a s**t show. She thinks she's ugly and needs to hit her head and get brain damage to think she's pretty to develop the confidence needed to succeed??

'This is so problematic in so many ways I wanna die.'

Reductive: Speaking to Hello Giggles, Busy said it was 'reductive' to make assumptions based on the trailer and that it's not up to the public to validate or reject the theme of insecurity

Reductive: Speaking to Hello Giggles, Busy said it was 'reductive' to make assumptions based on the trailer and that it's not up to the public to validate or reject the theme of insecurity

Problematic: Many have accused Schumer's character as 'problematic' (pictured at the movie's premier in LA on April 17)
Problematic: Many have accused Schumer's character as 'problematic' (pictured at the movie's premier in LA on April 17)

Problematic: Many have accused Schumer's character as 'problematic' (pictured at the movie's premier in LA on April 17) 

Inside out: Busy also suggested that 'conventionally' pretty people can have insecurities and that the film highlights this (pictured with Michelle Williams at the LA premier on April 17)

Inside out: Busy also suggested that 'conventionally' pretty people can have insecurities and that the film highlights this (pictured with Michelle Williams at the LA premier on April 17)

However, the mom-of-two, whose husband Marc Silverstein co-wrote and directed the film, explained that while these kind of conversations are 'important', the harsh, premature criticism doesn't have any merit when the movie is watched as a whole. 

'To me personally, the specific criticism I read seemed unfair in terms of that one woman's interpretation of what she believes is conventionally attractive is not valid for that person having their own insecurities. Which is what the movie's about.'

And Philipps backed this up by explaining that there are no fat joke or jokes about Amy's body at her expense.

'The joke is not about Amy's looks or her body. The joke is that she doesn't believe it, and then has all the confidence in the world all of a sudden. There's no body jokes or fat jokes. And that's not in the trailer, either,' she added.

However, the brutally honest actress who has amassed millions of followers on social media thanks to her daily Instagram stories, suggested that feelings of insecurity can strike even the most outwardly confident and beautiful people and it's not up to the public to validate or reject these feelings. 

Damaging: Some said it was questionable to suggest brain damage was necessary for some people to feel better about themselves 

Damaging: Some said it was questionable to suggest brain damage was necessary for some people to feel better about themselves 

Outrage: People are furious that the movie has such a 'mean' plot line

Outrage: People are furious that the movie has such a 'mean' plot line

No words: One person took to Twitter to express that they couldn't even articulate how angry they were 

No words: One person took to Twitter to express that they couldn't even articulate how angry they were 

Revolting and destructive: Another person hated that the movie 'put girls against girls'

Revolting and destructive: Another person hated that the movie 'put girls against girls'

Disgusting narrative: Another tweet suggested that someone write a thread on why the film doesn't have a good message 

Disgusting narrative: Another tweet suggested that someone write a thread on why the film doesn't have a good message 

'I don't discredit anyone's life experience, and certainly not based on the way that they look. Even if they're the most f**kin' conventionally beautiful person in the world, you don't know what someone's struggles inside are.'  

And the objections kept coming for Amy who was described as 'conventionally attractive' in a tweet. 

The tweet said: 'I Feel Pretty makes me so angry deep in my soul. I can't even articulate why I hate it but it's mostly can thin conventional attractive women stop pretending they are so fat and ugly and life is the most difficult for them. Have some perspective mate.' 

Although so far, the movie has mixed-reviews, the directors of the film, Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, believe it's a movie that showcases Amy's 'comedic genius'.

'Amy's comedic genius — a word we do not use lightly — made her an obvious, perfect fit for this role and our ultimate dream casting for Renee,' the directors told People in a joint interview.   

Tough: People have said that just because Amy makes fun of herself, that doesn't make it OK for her to poke fun at others with insecurity issues

Tough: People have said that just because Amy makes fun of herself, that doesn't make it OK for her to poke fun at others with insecurity issues

Comedic genius: The directors for the film thought Amy's comedic genius made her a perfect fit for the film

Comedic genius: The directors for the film thought Amy's comedic genius made her a perfect fit for the film

'But equally important for this role was Amy's ability to give herself over to this part completely and show us a vulnerability that I'm not sure she's fully shown before.

'We've all seen her fearlessness in her comedy but she is also fearless about exposing different sides of herself with a rawness that immediately draws everyone in.'

They added: 'Studios aren't making many romantic comedies of any kind — so there really isn't much of a current batch! Which leaves people, I think, hungry for smart, funny movies that are actually about something, and rooted in characters and relationships that they can relate to.

'And truthfully, we don't really see this as a rom com – but because we have a female lead it tends to get categorized as such. We see it more like a throw back to high concept comedies like Big or Tootsie — but made modern by deliberately leaning into some of the tropes of those movies in order to upend them.' 

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