Many of us move through life not thinking that anything we do is wrong. It is not wrong, it is simply how we deal with life. In our way and have no clue how it affects others, especially people that you claim to love or even really, really like. That is the life of Amy (Amy Schumer), who works for a sleazy magazine and with sleazy people, and is dating a guy that has issues with his sexuality as well as hooking up with various guys that she meets.
Trainwreck is the brain child of Amy Shumer, who wrote the script, and Judd Apatow directed it. It follows Amy through her life, which is changing at an amazing pace. Her life consists of hanging out with her “boyfriend” Steven (John Cena), hooking up with guys at the bars as well as getting drunk and high as much as she wants.
Her life’s course is set when her father (Colin Quinn) explains why he is divorcing their mother. The teddy bear analogy that he uses is classic Shumer and the delivery is very much Quinn. The end is emphasized as monogamy is not natural. After all, he is reported to have ran through every female teacher the girls ever had. This explains Amy’s lifestyle as an adult.
Amy’s relationship with Steven is very shallow to say the least. There are many moments that you know he is having a sexual identity crisis, many of which take shots at his pro-wrestling machismo and endears him to the audience to know that he playing into the joke. Her life takes a change when her scum-rag magazine decides to do an interview with a popular sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader) because her lack of interest in sports would be a good viewpoint for the article.
After meeting Aaron, Amy notices that there is some chemistry between them, just as her relationship with Steven crashes. Discovering that she has had romantic escapades with various guys, Steven decides that she is not what he wants and leaves her. Feeling hurt and alone, she immediately jumps into a relationship with Aaron which gets the ball rolling into that relationship.
The script is quite hilarious and sharp. Schumer’s writing style fits in many areas of her experience with her situational show on Comedy Central and parts of her stand-up routine. One aspect that is not truly discovered is the emotional openness that she shares with the audience. Primarily the funeral scene allows us into her life and past to know that some of this is coming from a deep emotional place.
Some of the supporting characters have great moments. Tilda Swinton, who is nearly unrecognizable as Dianna, gives a very amazing performance as Amy’s editor. LeBron James is quite funning and creates a very penny-pinching version of himself and best friend to Aaron. Ezra Miller (the upcoming Flash) has a very twisted and hilarious sex scene that makes me eager to see how he does in the upcoming DC movies.
As romantic comedies go, which I am a fan, it is nice to see something that is funny and sincere. There are many moments in the movie that count be contrived but many of the elements feel very authentic. The chemistry between Shumer and Hader is natural and not played for laughs. It is nice to see the woman needing to make the grand gesture than the man which we normally see in these kinds of films.
The film itself does not take itself too seriously because they let the emotional impact and crude humor do it for them. It is rare to see an R-rated romantic comedy come out but when you have Shumer as your star, you need it to be. The film is lots of fun and does tend to pull at the heart-strings. The movie is definitely designed for women but has a solid story and character development to make it an entertaining movie for all sexes.