Trailer: Trainwreck (2015)
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Runtime: 2 hrs & 5 min
Genre(s): Comedy Romance
Review by: John Dixon
Spoiler Free Review: (read if you have NOT seen this movie)
Growing up with a father that didn’t believe in monogamy is what sisters Amy & Kim did. After their mother was out of the picture there was nobody left to raise them but their father. This spells trouble for Amy (Amy Schumer) when her future shows up right in her face and she doesn’t know how to handle it. That means she doesn’t date well. With an all star cast to help out Amy’s first theatrical release written and starring her you will love the relationships, cringe at the self destruction, and then wonder how it all stays together. If this is considered her freshman effort man, I can’t wait to see what she does next. Standard practice for Judd Apatow, as his comedies are always good.
Spoiler Filled Review: (read only if you HAVE seen it and don’t care about spoilers)
I bet you figured that Amy Schumer was funny. Yeah, you got that from the trailers. Really, she is a talent. She is more daring in her comedy than most females and Bill Hader was the perfect combination to make this thing hit. I’m also glad that Hader finally was substantial this time around. Most of the time he’s playing a side character that is funny as hell but has no real purpose. He plays the boyfriend that almost gets away and even though there wasn’t an airport scene with Amy running through it dodging people, bags & babies he played the girl getting on the plane. …so to speak. I did enjoy the many appearances from a lot of stars. Amy really called in the favors for this one. Check this out: Colin Quinn, John Cena, Dave Attell, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Method Man (nice accent), Tim Meadows, Amare Stoudemire, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Chris Evert just to name the ones I recognized.
Which brings me to my next part. Casting. Who wasn’t cast in this movie? I wasn’t. I thought Colin had a perfect role as well as Amy Schumer & Bill Hader. Perfect roles. Mike Birbiglia nailed the “playin it safe” hubby perfectly. So, I liked the casting a lot. Brie Larson (sister Kim) could have been played by anyone I feel, but maybe I just missed her “nailed it” part of the movie. Not only bringing the perfect role selections but acting was on Par for your typical Comedy/Romance film. Although LeBron is not your typical actor on a scale from Kazamm to He Got Game LeBron scored a slightly better than MJ in Space Jam. I make it sound like Amy made the movie but I got to give credit to the director Judd Apatow. With movies like This is 40, Knocked Up, The 40 year-old virgin, this movie falls right in there.
I’m impressed that Amy Schumer wrote and starred in this movie. But that’s not going to stop me from picking it apart. My first problem was the non-information about her dad. If it was briefly mentioned and I didn’t catch it I’m sorry, but I had no idea what was wrong with him. I wanted to understand why he was the only “Younger” guy in a assisted living facility. He just didn’t look aged enough to warrant that. So, my wife had guessed stroke. Most stroke victims have it affect one side of their body. He was facially all there. Expressions all over the place. So, that wasn’t it. Then he dies of what?
alcoholism? I don’t know, I can’t tell ya. I wished there was some explanation on that. I could have felt that loss a bit more if I wasn’t spending that time trying to figure out why he died. Second problem, LeBron James is besties with a doctor (surgeon)? I didn’t buy it. It felt more like a conversation was made “wouldn’t it be cool if you were best friends with King James? Yeah! Let’s make THAT happen! Oh, and Amy next time you write a
movie… give your characters last names. No biggie just a small thing that makes people human. Aaron got a last name and the “guest” stars got to keep their names. My final gripe would be the fact that they were apart for several months before she tried to “win” him back. I’m sorry but after a girl/guy self destructs a relationship if it isn’t resolved in that week then its over buddy. Sorry but thats the truth. The longer you go without that person that bad taste that was left in your mouth grows into a horrible fungus and you learn to not want to be with them. So, other than that piece being totally fictional once in a lifetime type stuff, I did enjoy how she won him back. It was very fitting of the character. The plot was overused and it could have been found in any romantic comedy out there in your local Netflix queue. That’s why I think everyone did great with a overused plot. They made it feel new.
It’s not everyday you get a 2 hour comedy. Most are scheduled for 1 hr and a half. So, with that being said I didn’t notice the time and they made it as long as it needed to be to tell a great story. Her destructive bomb towards the end felt forced and annoying because we were all expecting it to happen but the movie recovered fast and kept it going. The soundtrack was a party soundtrack at times which I enjoyed. Other than that nothing to write home about. Actually, it did make me think when is the “y’all ready for this!” anthem at basketball games is going to go away. Its been around since forever ago and I’m ready to say goodbye. Anyone else?
Like I said above, it didn’t seem very believable but lets pretend this is a movie and say that this is make believe. I liked the ending. Very fitting and well deserved.
|Comic Book Connection||Tilda Swinton (future role) – Doctor Strange, Ezra Miller (future role) – The Flash, Marisa Tomei (future role) – Untitled Spider-Man (2017)|
|Nudity Bonus||Oh, and all the Man Ass in this movie doesn’t get a Nudity bonus. Sorry. Not today!|
|Favorite Moment||Cheerleader Win Back dance with a double flip not-quite-dunk!|
|Most Hated Moment||LeBron James asking Amy what her intentions are. It was bad yall.|
|THIS Movie reminded me of THAT Movie||Most Rom Coms but with a role reversal.|
|What did my wife think of this movie?||Trainwreck was pretty funny, some of it might have made me a little nostalgic for my younger years. And no, I will not be more specific on which parts reminded me of my younger self. Amy Schumer is absolutely hilarious and Bill Hader was amazing as usual. I am like most other chicks and love the Rom-Coms all day long! This one was no different, but it was a nice reminder of what would have happened if I hadn’t met my husband at the age of twenty. 🙂|
|Box Office Budget||$35,000,000.00|
|How much it made Domestically||$102,384,000.00|
|Was it a Box office Success? Or Failure?||Success|
|Did you notice?||1. Method Man was using an African Accent. I think it was African?|
|2. How much Chris Evert looks like an older Cheri O’Teri. I was lookin for Will Ferrell to pop out.|
|3. Six SNL Alum was in this film: Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Tim Meadows and Colin Quinn|
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