ByCraig Whyel, writer at
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Craig Whyel

Much is riding on the upcoming comedy romp, Trainwreck.

In addition to the film and its promotional budget for the “wide release,” Ms. Schumer, in her first lead film role (which she also wrote) appears to be in the unique position, such Trainwreck be successful, to jettison herself to a film career.

Only Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, in recent years, have been in the same position and, for those performers, it seems to have worked out rather well.

Amy Schumer, by comparison, is a bit younger and somewhat less experienced but no less talented.

On the other hand, should it not, it could be a virtual…insert movie title here.

Trainwreck is R-rated and distributed by Universal Pictures. It debuts July 17th.

Judd Apatow directed.

The film also stars Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, John Cena, Colin Quinn, Ezra Miller, Mike Birbiglia, and LeBron James.

Love...exciting and new...or is it?
Love...exciting and new...or is it?

Trainwreck tells the story of Amy (Amy Schumer), a magazine writer who, from childhood, had been coached by her father (Colin Quinn) to avoid relationship commitments as much as possible.

Free from the inhibitions associated with more conventional approaches to life, Amy’s life changes drastically when she meets Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a sports doctor who is the subject of an article she is assigned to write.

She begins to wonder if the more traditional approach to relationships might not be so bad after all.

Amy Schumer’s comedic trajectory includes a successful stand-up comedy career as well as a popular TV show, Inside Amy Schumer, on Comedy Central where she also had a popular special, Mostly Sex Stuff.

She has appeared on a number of sitcoms, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Louie, and Delocated.

According to her website,, she is a founding member of The Collective, a New York-based theatre company and a graduate of The William Esper Studio.

Trainwreck featured earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival where it was generally well-received for its humor.

Early ratings give Trainwreck good marks. Imdb gave it 6.1 out of 10. Metacritic gave it an 87% and Rotten Tomatoes gave it an average rating of 8.8 out of 10.

Ms. Schumer just wrapped the Trainwreck Comedy Tour, which ran in seven cities over eight days and featured several co-stars from the movie. Proceeds from the events went to a variety of charities.

:LeBron James shows his acting chops...
:LeBron James shows his acting chops...

She seems to be getting the right amount of exposure at the right time, which should help Trainwreck succeed.

Of course, time will be the final judge…


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