Review: Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’, Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, LeBron James, and More

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Amy Schumer sure knows how to write the hell out of a screenplay. Schumer and her comedy have taken center stage. And don’t look to try and move her out of the limelight anytime soon. Between her talents, Bill Hader and Judd Apatow, who hasn’t done anything this good since 2011’s Bridesmaids, Schumer’s first major feature was bound to be good, but just how good Trainwreck actually is isn’t as surprising as Schumer’s ability to balance the film with equal parts comedy and touching moments that will leave you feeling more than satisfied.

Amy (Schumer) is a commitment-phobe. One of her father’s (Colin Quinn) biggest lesson in life was that “monogamy isn’t natural,” as he uses a doll as a metaphor to explain his divorce with Amy and her sister Kim’s (Brie Larson) mother. Now, before continuing, there’s one important cliche that this movie doesn’t play into. It’s a comedy, and there’s some romance in it, but it should not be deemed a rom com, as this film is about Amy and the journey she travels. Stressed about the bills she has to pay now that her father is in an assisted living center, frustrated with her sister, and vying for a promotion at work, Amy is assigned a sports story (a subject she abhors) by Dianna (Tilda Swinton in a hilarious turn as Amy’s editor-in-chief). Amy is to interview Aaron (Bill Hader), a renowned sports doctor. However, on the road of life, Amy’s path is littered with obstacles she must overcome and realizations she must face in order to move forward.

Schumer has a way with words. There are initially some doubts about how certain scenes would play out as soon as they start, but she nails the comedy, as well as the crazy, but realistic character with insecurities and a rough exterior. Apatow comedies are uncharacteristically much longer than the average Hollywood comedy, but Trainwreck never feels like it overstays its welcome. And just when you think that the film has finally hit some emotional stride, or moved you in some way, the comedy comes out of left wing and the laughs are back.

Schumer never once becomes a stereotypical female character. Her character, which I’m sure uses inspiration from Amy’s real life, is a wonderfully actualized person, written and portrayed with depth. And for anyone who still believes that women can’t be funny need look no further than this film to be proved wrong. Schumer carries the film and keeps the script well-balanced with just enough crude humor and heartfelt moments that add just the right touches to further the story. Bill Hader shares fantastic onscreen chemistry with Schumer and nicely takes a more subtle approach, not relegated to the background, but not taking the limelight from Schumer either. LeBron James is a surprisingly good actor and his moments with Hader are hilarious.

Everyone and their mother is in this movie. Even Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei even make cameos in a background black and white movie about walking dogs. Don’t ask. The appearances of all the extra familiar faces are more than welcome and serve as brief amusing moments before getting back to the movie. Judd Apatow certainly has an eye for these kinds of films. He knows when to hone in on the laughs and when to ease up without dawdling and boring the audience. Trainwreck is smartly written, finely acted, hilarious, with the right amount of heartfelt sentimentality that will be sure to have everyone falling in love with Amy Schumer.

4star

 

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