Trainwreck Movie Review & Film Summary

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. 

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck

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.

The movie follows Amy (Schumer), who since a young age believes monogamy isn’t possible. Instead she drinks until she passes out, sleeps with countless guys and never apologizes even when she should. That is until she has to face her fears of commitment when she meets the right guy, Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).

It was written by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow. Now, though Apatow has produced so many modern comedies, he has only directed four other films. One of which was This Is 40, a great comedy with a great amount of heart. I absolutely loved that movie, but I was in the minority, as many other critics and general audiences did not. However, with his latest picture I’m pretty sure I won’t be in the minority this time.

The comedy comes from Schumer and her blunt, yet side-splitting observations. It also comes from her interactions with the many interesting characters, including her friend and SNL member, Vanessa Bayer. The heart, on the other hand, comes from her interaction with her family—her dad (Colin Quinn) and sister (Brie Larson). The chemistry that Schumer and Larson share is quite strong and their interactions are always raw. However, the success lies with her and Hader’s chemistry. For the most part, it doesn’t feel like the generic rom-com relationship. Though, Trainwreck’s ending changes that and that is one probably my least favorite part of this picture.

There are two other performances that I can’t go on without mentioning. They are from NBA All-Star Lebron James and WWE Superstar, John Cena. Cena got many laughs out of me, playing one of the most awkward boyfriends in the world and having one of the strangest sex scenes ever. Lebron’s performance also made me laugh and the audience too. Plus, his performances raises two great questions (1) Just because he’s rich, does he really have to buy lunch? (2) what would it be like to casually play basketball with your friend when he’s considered ones of the best players of all-time?

Trainwreck tackles gender stereotypes, and while it is far from Schumer’s most controversial work, it does have a nice theme throughout. Instead of the guys avoiding the girl the night after, it is flipped here. In one scene, Hader calls Schumer to ask her out, and Bayer quickly screams “Stalker.” There are a lot of moments that flip these common clichés, giving the movie that fresh and original feeling. It, does, however,  have a few scenes that are essentially useless. Cut about those scenes, about 15 minutes worth and this movie gets that much tighter and more productive. But, even with those scenes this is easily one of the best comedies of the year.

3.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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