Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck: A Wacky, Off-Track Comedy

Release Date: July 17, 2015
Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Rated R strong sexual content & profanity
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Grade: B-

I’m just a modern chick who does what she wants.

When Amy was 9 years old, her father told her and her sister that he and their mother were getting a divorce. Amy’s father, Gordon, had trouble with monogamy and was generally a crass fellow. Twenty three years later, Amy is a successful writer at a men’s magazine, lives in a great apartment, and basically sleeps around with a commitment phobia. When her boss, Dianna, assigns her to interview a sports medicine doctor Amy is hesitant since she hates sports. Much to her surprise, she ends up falling for the doctor, Aaron, and dates him. While dealing with her father’s failing health and her sister’s perfect marriage, Amy struggles with the concept of a long term relationship. With the help of Aaron’s friend, LeBron James, Amy must decide if she is ready to shed her phobia and give love a chance.

Before you judge, you should know that I’m doing fine.

Judd Apatow believed in Amy Schumer’s story so much that he not only directed the film, but he also produced it with his production company. Plus, he does it with his usual style with some serious adult humor and lengthy running time for a comedy. Amy Schumer‘s character is witty and charming,  but mostly unlikable for most of the film. The hilarious back story that explains Amy’s adult behavior was cleverly displayed in the beginning of the film by Colin Quinn. There is a story within a story reminiscent of the one in Friends with Benefits that left me scratching my head as to why it was included, but the scenes with LeBron James more than makes up for it. As Amy’s love interests, John Cena and Bill Hader were also very enjoyable to watch as they surrendered their lines with impeccable timing and uniquely different facial expressions. If you are in the mood to laugh (really hard), then give this one a chance to knock your socks off!

~Movie Buffette

We All Know One

Trainwreck is an adult comedy through and through.  It contains a lot of profanity, drug use and sexual content.  If Amy Schumer’s mission was to get you to hate her throughout most of the movie, then she succeeded. The film runs the gamut of emotions, from hilarious to sadness to anger as you watch her destroy her life.  I was pleasantly surprised by the perfect casting of Bill Hader as Aaron.  He gave a fantastic performance as the adorable and somewhat geeky orthopaedic surgeon.  I really loved his character and rooted for him.  I recommend this film for adult audiences that enjoy a good laugh.  It is a great “Ladies Night Out” movie so invite the girls and make your way to the cinema this weekend.

~A.S. MacLeod

Starring:

Amy Schumer as Amy
Brie Larson as Kim
Collin Quinn as Gordon
Bill Hader as Aaron
John Cena as Steven
Dave Attell as Noam
Vanessa Bayer as Nikki
Tilda Swinton as Dianna
Amar’e Stoudemire as Himself
and LeBron James as Himself

About Leigh Ann Rassler

october, 2021

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