Hollywood has just found a new ‘It Girl’ in ‘Trainwreck’s Amy Schumer. Not only does she shine in a refreshing new take on the age-old rom-com, but she also penned the brilliant script that will leave you with a laughter-induced hangover!
Amy Schumer, 34, and Judd Apatow, 47, have outdone themselves with Trainwreck. As the screenwriter and leading lady, Amy removes every stereotype from the comedy genre and brings a whole new flavor into the mix. In the film, Amy’s non-monogamous character is sure she’s living her best life as an unattached career-driven woman with no interest in settling down. Ever. However, as her family repeatedly falls apart in the background, Amy soon finds that meeting the right person can sometimes change your outlook on life in a way you’ll never see coming.
When it comes to Trainwreck, I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s not that the movie itself was an actual train wreck, it’s the complete opposite: it is a comedic masterpiece. There are so many incredible performances, jokes, and cameos that finding a place to kick off the endless good things I have to say about it is pretty difficult. But, I’ll give it a shot anyway.
One of the first great things that you’ll notice about Trainwreck is that it breaks the mold of romantic comedies almost instantly. As we all know, one of comedy’s favorite past times is to make the male protagonist the sexually adventurous one, but within the first few minutes of Trainwreck we learn that it’s actually Amy Schumer’s character, also named Amy, who is living a sex-filled single life in New York City. She’s with a new man every night, and somehow as you watch her kick them all to the curb in a hilarious montage, you’re not left shaking your head in disgust. Instead, you’re rooting for her.
Amy is a modern day woman with a very modern day lifestyle. She is a combined product of her parents nasty divorce and her generation, which was quick to dismiss the idea that a woman must be married with children by the age of 30. Amy is independent, moderately successful in her career, and completely in charge of her sexuality. Whether you want to believe it or not, it’s inspiring. It’s refreshing. The days of watching a woman protagonist feel empty until she finds a man to make her life “better” are finally gone, and we have Amy to thank for that.
Amy Does Fall In Love — But It’s Not An Easy Task
When Amy is assigned a story involving a sports doctor, we meet Aaron, the surprisingly charming Bill Hader and, of course, Amy’s love interest. However, it’s not that simple. It’s fun to watch Amy swing back and for between her exciting single lifestyle and her professional day job, in which she doesn’t add Aaron to her list of conquests until a late night filled with one-too-many drinks. The romp seems to mean nothing to Amy, until Aaron calls her the next day in hopes of making additional plans with her. Her reaction? To hang up on him, while her dimwitted best friend, Nikki (Vanessa Bayer), thinks calling the police on him would be a good solution.
But, it’s not all about Amy’s quest from single to lovestruck. While her romance is unfolding, a much more emotional side of Amy is displayed as she deal with her dying father (Colin Quinn) and her grounded little sister, Kim (Brie Larson). You won’t go into the theater expecting to cry unless it’s from excessive laughter, but I can assure you that the most difficult moments in the film are also the most heartwarming. They also prove that Amy isn’t just the funny woman we all know her to be, which leaves hope for more incredible projects in the near future.
The Supporting Cast Is Just Added Perfection
Last but not least, Amy and Bill are surrounded by an overwhelmingly large supporting cast. While a few too many “extra” characters can sometimes wear a comedy out, every additional face in Trainwreck is strategically placed to serve a small but perfectly orchestrated purpose. A number of SNL alums pop up, including Pete Davison, Leslie Jones, and Tim Meadows, as well a bunch of familiar faces in sports. Speaking of, LeBron James is a total scene stealer throughout the second half of the film as himself, a close friend and patient of Aaron. It leaves you asking, “When is LeBron’s next movie coming out?”
Plus, Tilda Swinton is unrecognizable as Amy’s cold-hearted Devil Wears Prada-esque boss Dianna. Ezra Miller, who portrays a young intern named Donald at Amy’s job, is sure to surprise the audience in one of the funniest and most ridiculous scenes in the entire film.
In short: Trainwreck is a must see. It’s hilarious, it’s for everyone (yes, even guys), and you’ll be laughing so hard throughout most of it you’ll need — and want — to see it a second time. Just do it. You’re welcome.
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— Lauren Cox