Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, LeBron James, John Cena
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Written By: Amy Schumer
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
Okay, so I’ll get to the point. Trainwreck is a very good romantic comedy. Amy Schumer’s smart script delivers on the romance and the jokes, and builds a great story around a flawed, but fun central character as she deals with her inherited issues with monogamy.
Trainwreck is also very relatable, in that it builds this story around characters that aren’t clamoring to be over the top glamorous princes and princesses. These aren’t a-list beauties living out a fairy tale to entertain and amuse us. They’re you and me. Perhaps a little rough around the edges, but equally capable of saying the perfect thing at the perfect time. Our ‘Hollywood’ moment. Or do something wild, fun and weird in order to express our feelings for the ones we love.
As an on-screen couple, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are a perfect match. As apt at generating a believable chemistry with one another, as they are able to time their exchanges for great comic effect. The supporting cast are also impressive, and some of the biggest laughs come from Amy’s scenes with John Cena, and LeBron James.
Trainwreck has some fantastic laugh out loud moments, lots of smart dialog, and still manages to deliver a touching romance. And does so without becoming a melodramatic sappy mess during the closing minutes of the film. A common failing of this genre.
If you’ve enjoyed Amy Schumer’s other projects, and Judd Apatow’s This is 40, and Knocked Up, then Trainwreck is sure to entertain. This comedy is rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use.
Romantic comedies aren’t huge visual extravaganzas, but a crowded evening showing at the theater might be fun. Beyond that, this could be enjoyed on any sized screen you care to view it on.
Best Moment: << mild spoilers >>
There are lots of great moments in Trainwreck, but the two that made me laugh the hardest were Amy’s sex scenes. The first with John Cena when she asks him to talk dirty to her, and the second when she drunkenly hooks up with a young office intern – and things get weird!