Trainwreck

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Trainwreck Review


Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended sketch from her TV series. It's hilariously observant and refreshingly grown-up about sex, but the plot falls back on the usual cliches. Even with some clever twists and turns, the structure is oddly predictable. But the biggest surprise is that Schumer and director Judd Apatow ultimately cave in and take a traditional approach to romance.

As she does on her show, Schumer plays a sexually frank woman called Amy. Taught by her father (Colin Quinn) to distrust monogamy, she has indulged in a commitment-free life, rarely seeing a man more than once. And her one repeat male partner (John Cena) is a rather too self-obsessed bodybuilder. Then her boss, blithely demanding magazine editor Diana (Tilda Swinton), assigns her to interview Aaron (Bill Hader), a doctor who specialises in sports injuries. Amy can't help but seduce him; it's what she does! But in the process she realises that she actually quite likes him. This idea so rattles her that she sabotages her close relationship with her sister Kim (Brie Larson), who is expecting a child with husband Tom (Mike Birbiglia).

Schumer has impeccable comic timing, and she's hilarious all the way through this film, playing on her character's riotous way of being shockingly honest at all the wrong times. In other words, the character is entertaining but never very likeable because of the thoughtless things she does and says. So our sympathies lie with Hader, who gives an unusually layered turn as a smart, sensitive and very funny guy who just might be too good for Amy. Other characters are either here to provide emotion (Larson and Quinn) or to shamelessly steal scenes (Swinton). And Apatow brings in a usual stream of big-name cameos, including Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei in a clever pastiche of a New York indie movie.

In other words, the film is consistently hilarious. So it's a bit odd that, apart from one big emotional moment, Schumer's wry smirk deflects anything interesting about the character she's playing. This leaves the film feeling superficially smutty and oddly moralistic about sex and relationships. Instead of actually playing around with big issues like monogamy or the pressure society puts on women, the film dismisses anything meaningful with another joke. And in the end, Schumer and Apatow opt for the exact same rom-com finale as all of the movies they're pretending to subvert. It's a lot of fun, and keeps the audience laughing, but ultimately plays it far too safe.

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Trainwreck

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th August 2015

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 67 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Amy, as Aaron, as Kim, as Gordon, Vanessa Bayer as Nikki, as Dianna, as LeBron James, as Tom, as Steven, as Noam, as Norman, as Donald, as The Dogwalker, as The Dog Owner, Jon Glaser as Schultz, as Bryson, Evan Brinkman as Allister, Pete Davidson as Dr. Conner's Patient, as Tim, Kyle Dunnigan as Kyle, Amar'e Stoudemire as Himself, as Himself, as Himself, as Angry Subway Patron

Also starring: ,

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