Movie Review: Trainwreck is anything but

Dec 19 2017, 2:28 am

No summer movie season is complete until there is a good old fashion rom-com, so thank goodness for Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.

Although romantic-comedies are not for everyone, once in a while one pops up that even men don’t mind being dragged to.

When you have the comedic stylings of Amy Schumer, who wrote and starred in the film, and a director who is willing to take risks like Judd Apatow, you have a romantic-comedy that is the perfect date night.

Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson and a ton of big name athletes like Lebron James, John Cena and Amar’e Stoudemire to name a few.

Image: Universal Pictures

Image: Universal Pictures

The story goes down like this: Amy (Amy Schumer) is a woman who has had a hard time committing to a relationship because it interferes with her promiscuous lifestyle.

Amy is an independent woman who is a lot like her scandalous and womanizing father who finds himself alone in a care-home. This is the same father who cheated on his wife and told his young children, Amy and her little sister Kim, that “monogamy isn’t realistic.”

Now that the sisters are older, Amy and Kim (Brie Larson) are on opposite sides of the fence in that Kim is married, has a step child and is expecting a baby, while Amy spends time mocking her for it. They also can’t agree on what kind of care-home their father should be in, which leads to a bit of sisterly tension.

Amy is also a writer for a men’s magazine called S’Nuff, and she gets assigned to a story about Dr. Aaron Conners, who is known as a popular knee specialist/surgeon for some of the biggest athletes in the world.

While Amy interviews the good doctor, one thing leads to another, and what was supposed to be another reckless one-night-stand for Amy, ends up becoming something more.

Surprisingly, she ends up having feelings for the doctor, and the film centers around her insecurities about being involved in something that evokes feelings and spooning.

There are some funny cameos in this film. Lebron James, who actually showed some acting chops, came off very well as Dr. Conners’ close friend and confidant.

Image: Universal Pictures

WWE superstar John Cena has some great scenes as one of Amy’s quasi-boyfriends named Steven, who has gay tendencies. Cena actually improvised all his lines, and it’s hysterical.

Overall the film is fun. With Schumer you’ll get some crude humour, and it’s nice that we can have a rom-com that is rated R. Although Schumer has been edgier in her stand-up routines and her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, she does a nice job of mixing her brand of funny with a bit of heart and sappiness. It’s a more vanilla Schumer but still funny.

Besides the humour, which wasn’t always laugh out loud material, Trainwreck pretty much follows the blueprint for romantic-comedies, but it’s Schumer’s performance that makes the film tick.

Bill Hader, who actually plays a more vulnerable character, is also good, but ultimately he plays the straight man who seems to know how to handle a woman who has some serious idiosyncrasies and a penchant for booze and weed.

Image: Universal

Image: Universal Pictures

This is one of Judd Apatow’s best directorial efforts since 2007’s Knocked Up, which was also a sleeper hit of that summer. He has given us some fantastic bromances, but it’s nice to see Apatow work with some strong and very funny women leads.

Apatow also has a way of allowing comedic actors to shine on screen, and just like he gave us the likes of Seth Rogen, Trainwreck will be a vehicle that will propel Amy Schumer’s star to the Hollywood heavens.

With so many action films being released this summer, it might be wise to take your partner or friend to a movie that doesn’t involve an ass-kicking ant or a really bad Terminator flick. Sometimes it’s nice to have some laughs, sappiness and cheap feels in the dark.

I easily give Trainwreck 4 out of 5 rain drops. It’s super fun and one of the best comedies of the year. Now repeat after me, “monogamy isn’t realistic.”

4 Rain Drops

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