Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo - enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment - but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something. Written by Universal Pictures
July 17, 2015
Trainwreck Delivers a Full Force, Crushingly Funny Comedy
In Trainwreck, (2015) Amy Schumer plays Amy (convenient), a 30 something serial dater with a strong opposition to commitment. She works as a writer for a men’s magazine S’nuff, a playoff magazines like Stuff or Maxim. Her hard drinking, hard partying lifestyle is interrupted when a writing assignment has her meet Aaron (Bill Hader), a successful sports injury surgeon. We are left to see if true love can make this party girl see the error of her ways, amongst the obstacles of personal and professional misfortune.
I am an Amy Schumer fan. I first heard her standup Cutting on Pandora, and have been on board ever since. Her television show Inside Amy Schumer is, in my humble opinion, the closest Comedy Central has come to filling the sketch comedy gap left after Dave Chappell stepped away from the spotlight. Live and in person Amy does not disappoint either. I have seen her twice, each time she killed.
So when I first saw the trailer for Trainwreck with Judd Apatow at the directing helm, I was giddy with anticipation. Now usually in my heightened anticipation like this, there is a hard or sometimes mediocre let down, not here. Trainwreck delivers a great comedy. Amy wrote the screenplay herself before Apatow was signed on. Amy’s brand of humor is the full driving force of Trainwreck. As a fan of Amy’s stand up material, I did notice a stand up bit she does, brought to life in a scene involving a baby shower and a game of skeletons in the closet. Very funny stuff.
Several other stand ups and ex SNL cast appear in this film as an added treat. My favorite is comedian Dave Attell as a homeless guy. Wrestler tuned action movie actor John Cena is scene stealer in this film as well. It’s hilarious the way he plays fun with his ultra-macho image in this role. This film never ventures outside the painfully predictable conventions of a standard chick flick. It even pokes playful fun at itself as it does its obligatory falling in love montage of Amy and Aaron doing cutesy couple stuff in Central Park.
Although in movies like this the plot is just cheap cardboard packaging for the jokes and gags, it is essentially a reverse gender role version Jerry Maguire (1996), as far as the pacing, format and sport star cameos. Shout out to Tony Romo, LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire for better performances than Bret Farve’s classic “I’m in town to play to the Dolphins, you dumb ass” in Something About Mary (1998).
Amy’s acting in this film is surprisingly believable in the emotional moments of this film. Nothing Oscar worthy, but for a freshman effort it’s passable. This movie has heart, charm and re-watchability. If you own Bridesmaids (2011) you will no doubt want to add Trainwreck to your collection. What Amy and Judd have done is capture the chick flick audience and the guy comedy audience and made a hybrid film. If audiences bite, this could be the monster comedy hit of the summer. Not a film for the entire family by any means, there is sex, drugs and 4 letter words galore, but if you are a fan of sophomoric fun this is a must see.
You be you Amy Schu!
This movie is fun and fabulous! It’s a modern day romantic comedy full of laughs, new one-liners for you to memorize and a sweet story to prove that yes, my friends, there is someone for everyone in this world. You do you… be your own weird self and find that special someone that loves your flavor of strange.
I had high expectations for Amy Schumer’s first screenplay and role as a leading actress. Her TV show is outstanding. Her live stand up is one of the best around. And she had Judd Apatow by her side … how can it go wrong? It is what it is — if you like Schumer and/or Apatow movies you’ll like Trainwreck. If you find her comedy a bit offensive or don’t think Knocked Up is hilarious, just pass. It’s okay… this just isn’t for you.
I love the twist Schumer takes on the “romantic comedy” genre. At the heart of the film is complete chick flick glory … yes, I teared up at the end! But this journey rests on a perfectly imperfect character who I think we can all relate to a bit more than Harry’s Sally or Prostitute-turned-Princess Vivian. Ladies … who of us hasn’t walked into a room inappropriately dressed or sat at a baby shower looking for an opportunity to disrupt a “my life is perfect” dissertation. Amy, in both her comedy career and as “Amy” in Trainwreck, is that friend we love to have around because she isn’t afraid to do or say what we wish we had the guts to do or say … though she pretty much goes overboard every time. That’s why we love her.
Bill Hader was the perfect match for Amy on the big screen. They had sweet chemistry that leaves me to believe they had a blast making this movie. You leave the theater hoping they are dating in real life — a true sign of casting done well! The SNL and athlete cameos were a welcome bonus to the movie.
Many thanks to Trainwreck for giving us great laughs for 125 minutes. Maybe it’s not saving the world or breaking new ground in the film industry … but at least it gives us a fresh new story with characters and situations that feel more like “Home” than “Hollywood” (minus, of course, being best friends with Lebron James … we still need some magic in our movies).