Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Amy Schumer
Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, LeBron James, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Mike Birbiglia, Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Method Man, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Chris Evert
Seen on: 18.8.2015
Amy (Amy Schumer) doesn’t believe in relationships. She’d rather have sex with random guys while dating Steven (John Cena) who is nice to look at but not exactly a rocket in bed. But then Amy has to do a story on sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader) for the magazine she works at. Amy has as little interest in sports as she has in monogamy, but Aaron is actually a nice guy. And he likes Amy. He even asks her out, forcing Amy to take a long hard look at her life and to decide whether it’s really the life she wants to lead.
I’m not a huge fan of Apatow (though I did love Freaks and Geeks), so I usually give his movies a wide pass. But I had heard good things about Amy Schumer, and since Trainwreck is also written by her, I decided to give it a try. And I have to admit that the movie worked pretty well for me.
Apatow movies usually shine with two things: weed and insufferable men-children, a rather toxic combination. Trainwreck isn’t free of these things: There’s weed, but it’s not a stoner film. And Amy does start out as an immature woman-child, but in the course of the film she does what the usual Apatowian men-children never do: she grows. Not necessarily up, at least not entirely, but there is a definite development that is triggered by her love interest, but doesn’t hinge on him (another difference to the usual men-children plot). And that makes Trainwreck a sympathetic portrait of Amy in her childishness instead of an outright endorsement of living live by avoiding all responsibility. Of course, there’s also a gender dynamic to this: women, as a rule, are forced to grow up more quickly and are not allowed to remain children as long as men are, so getting an adult woman who is still allowed to be childish is also rather nice.
That being said, I’m not a fan of infantile humor, so a lot of the jokes in the film fall flat for me. I also don’t struggle with growing up, it’s rather the other way round – I should probably let myself be more childish every once in a while – so the central themes of the film didn’t touch me as much as they could have.
But I had fun watching Amy trying to figure it all out. Especially since Amy Schumer does a wonderful job acting and she is joined by a great supporting cast. Tilda Swinton is a particular stand-out, especially since she gets to play a beautiful, feminine woman – something she rarely gets to do since people usually capitalize on her unusual face by making it even more unusual instead of trying to make it look like a “standard Hollywood” face. Ezra Miller, too, was great. I’m also a sucker for fake movies within movies and I loved the Daniel Radcliffe/Marisa Tomei one they did.
In short, I enjoyed Trainwreck a lot more than I feared I would and I might have to check out more from Amy Schumer’s tv show (this clip is already gold).