Review by Lauryn
Before seeing the trailer for Trainwreck, I was not familiar with Amy Schumer – I know; I must be living under a rock. Judd Apatow, however, is a name I am well familiar with, and upon seeing this trailer, I knew I had to see the movie.
Schumer plays Amy, a woman who loves to drink, party, and have sex. She has a boyfriend, Steven (John Cena), but she doesn’t let that stop her from a string of one-night stands. Her approach to relationships is handed down to her by her father (played by Colin Quinn): “Monogamy isn’t realistic.” Presumably, this behavior is the source of the film’s title; Amy is considered a trainwreck – mostly by her sister Kim (Brie Larson), who has opted for marriage and children.
I take issue with this categorization because Amy actually seems to be doing well for herself. She has a great apartment and a solid job – maybe not the one she wants, but many young people find themselves in that situation. When she’s not partying, she spends time visiting her father and his crony Norman (Norman Lloyd) in the assisted living facility. Ultimately, the problem seems mostly to be that Amy is self-centered, with a tendency toward meanness, a problem that the film suggests is solved by finding a relationship worth having.
Amy stumbles into this relationship when her boss Dianna (played deliciously by Tilda Swinton) assigns Amy, who had just finished a diatribe against sports and sports fans, to interview a sports therapist who also devotes time to Doctors Without Borders. When Amy meets Aaron (Bill Hader), it seems like they won’t hit it off – she tells him that one of her favorite sports teams is the Orlando Blooms – but the more time they spend together, the more it seems like they might be a good match.
The movie is fun to watch and brought tears to my eyes from laughing so hard. Schumer and Hader are great in the lead roles, but some of the best moments come from the supporting cast. LeBron James steals every scene is in, and John Cena, Tilda Swinton, and Ezra Miller all have some spectacularly funny scenes. But the movie isn’t just about sex and laughs. There are some quiet moments about the importance of family connection as well, as Amy navigates the growing rift between her father and her sister.
Trainwreck is a fantastic collaboration between Schumer and Apatow and, hopefully, the first of many.
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