Trainwreck Movie Review
Amy Schumer is one of the hottest comedians on the rise. Her shocking standup material brought her notable appearances on a few Celebrity Roast episodes, which in turn has catapulted her to having her own half hour sketch show on Comedy Central called Inside Amy Schumer. With the freedom of creative control behind her, Schumer has found her voice, humorously pinpointing women’s struggles through society’s expectations in clever, relevant satire. While Amy’s brand of humor is great for a few laughs, TRAINWRECK lacks some of the biting original commentary that her show provides so consistently.
Learning from her father that monogamy is never possible, Amy (Amy Schumer) has met every relationship with short term commitment, preferring promiscuity over stability. However, when her career at a famous magazine requires her to write a story about a good-natured sports medicine doctor named Aaron (Bill Hader), Amy begins to question her self-sabotaging ways.
TRAINWRECK is a romantic comedy at heart. It walks through the motions of a standard formula dealing with relationship woes between a girl meets boys story line. A subplot involving family is inevitable making TRAINWRECK rather lackluster in the original department. But none of that fully matters as long as the characters are likable, believable and most importantly, funny.
Fortunately, Schumer is quite likable even when her character makes tiredly annoying decisions. She also is able to bring more humor to situations with her delivery and facial expressions, which should benefit her as an up and coming comedic actress. The standout performance belongs to Bill Hader, who brings an understated charm and humor to the picture. His endearing qualities as the general straight man, don’t come off boring but rather desirable. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that his character has a lot of famous friends. Particularly, basketball superstar LeBron James, who is surprisingly funny as the cautiously cheap and sweetly concerned best friend. Brie Larson and Colin Quinn turn in admirable work as Amy’s sister and father, while a slew of talented performances come from the likes of Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer and WWE pro wrestler John Cena to name a few.
Directed by comedy veteran Judd Apatow (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP) from a screenplay also penned by Schumer, it’s clear that TRAINWRECK respects the characters with a bit of self deprecating humor. While the R-rated comedy gets unnecessarily raunchy at times for my taste, there is still a certain sweetness to the film. Ultimately, I was hoping for more originality from the young comedian. Nonetheless, the cast is a joy to watch and among the inconsistent, groan-inducing humor, there are still plenty of memorable laugh out loud moments.