Having thought that "Monogamy isn't realistic" for most of her life, Amy, a commitment phobic woman may be changing her ways after she falls for Manhattan's leading sports doctor who she's assigned to write a profile piece on.
Judd Apatow, best known for his comedies The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up has done it again, he's managed to craft an exceptionally funny, dramatic and uplifting romantic comedy with two absolutely great lead performances. Amy Schumer wrote the script as well as this being her big screen debut. I never used to be a fan of Schumer (mainly after her appearance on the Roast Of Charlie Sheen) but here she really impressed me. Her excellent comedic timing and signature style of comedy works really well here but what really surprised me was her ability to pull off drama. There are a couple of scenes in which some real emotion is needed and she brought it in spades, there are times where I genuinely got quite choked up. Schumer stars across from Bill Hader, an actor who I think is getting gradually better with everything he does. From his absolutely stellar performance in 2014's The Skeleton Twins, his talent is just increasing with each project and he does some fantastic work in Trainwreck which stems from his magnificent chemistry with Schumer.
Amy lives her life the way her father played by Colin Quinn did before her. "Monogamy isn't realistic" he made she and her sister chant after he announced his divorce from their mother using an excellent analogy with a doll. Between nights out and a casual fling with Steven played excellently by wrestler John Cena, Amy has a job at a men's magazine where she is assigned to produce a profile piece on a sports doctor, Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), due to her disdain for anything sports, her editor feels that her perspective might make for a more interesting read.
After resisting commitment for all of her adult life, Amy finally falls for someone. The formula isn't all that original, but it works. Trainwreck isn't transforming the romantic comedy genre but it was never required to do so. This is a funny, dramatic and sweet story of a girl who changes her ways due to a new found love. Towards the beginning of the film, Schumer's character can sometimes be a tad insufferable but it's all for the good of comedy. We warm up to her eventually as she opens up to Aaron, we meet her family and see that dynamic in play. Her father played by Colin Quinn is terrifically funny and Brie Larson as Amy's almost polar opposite sister is very well cast.
The film will often poke fun at serious monogamous relationships, only to come around to the fact that this is exactly what Amy wants. Amy's transformation from Trainwreck to girlfriend does feel a little bit fast but it's not entirely unbelievable, especially because of her excellent chemistry with Hader.
Of course this being a Judd Apatow comedy, there are some really fun cameos and guest appearances. LeBron James as Aaron's overprotective best friend and John Cena as Amy's hulking but loving casual boyfriend in the beginning of the film are both terrific, they deliver some absolutely killer scenes, the standout being John Cena in a movie theater arguing with a fellow audience member.
I had a blast with Trainwreck, it's my favorite comedy of the year so far and one of my favorite films of 2015, it's not one you should rush out and see, but it's one you're sure to have a great time with. Apatow is sometimes discredited with his films running a bit too long and whilst I would I have liked maybe 10-15 minutes more, some scenes do run on a bit long.
Trainwreck is funny, smart yet nothing we've not seen before. This is however Judd Apatow's best film in a long time and one I recommend you check out.
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