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In the last decade or so, the great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have become one of our most beloved and celebrated comedic actresses and duos. This great team has been close friends for 20 years after meeting at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, but they first cemented their place in popular culture and TV history in 2004 when the duo became the first female co-anchors of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. That same year also proved to be productive for the both of them on the big screen.
Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the Lindsay Lohan led Mean Girls, which also featured Poehler. Fast forward to a couple of years after they left SNL (Tina in 2006 and Amy in 2008), Fey and Poehler both went on to star in two of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 2000s, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation respectively. However, their friendship and comedy pairing continued in other projects. In 2008, they starred in the comedy, Baby Mamma, and more recently they hosted the Golden Globes three times from 2013-2015. Now, they are returning to the big screen once again in the comedy Sisters.
Trainwreck marks the arrival of comedic superstar—Amy Schumer. Yes, she’s been hard at work for years doing stand-up, celebrity roasts, and her show on Comedy Central, but now she’s made a movie—a great movie— and it is hilarious. It has a big heart, some wonderful truth and even has a message or two. But don’t worry, it is raunchy enough to keep that R-rating. It is one of my favorite comedies of the year. For those who aren’t familiar with Schumer, they will be in no time.
Schumer won “Breakthrough Performer of the Year” at the 2015 CinemaCon here in Las Vegas, and she presented the attendees with a sneak peek of this film at the Universal Pictures presentation. Before the trailer, she explained how this project was very personal to her, as it is based on real-life memories and dating past dating experiences. Luckily, the movie feels very real. Knowing that when I saw this movie, I was able to believe it—most of it, at least, because Trainwreck doesn’t feel like a generic rom-com, though it does have its familiar moments.