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|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score|
Running Time: 1 hr 46 min’s – Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Synopsis we don’t need no stinkin’ Synopsis.
(Synopsis) Bill Murray plays Don Johnston…no not Don Johnson, Don Johnston, a middle aged man who has become emotionally withdrawn from life. When his current girlfriend leaves him for wanting more out of life then just being where they are. He discovers a letter in the mail, a letter that opens a new world for Don, who seems uninterested to discover that he might have a son. His mystery loving friend Winston convinces him to go back through time and relive his past with his 5 ex-girlfriends to discover who the mother of his child might be.
This movie was one of those catches your eye on a rack of a movie rental store and you walk around thinking would this be a good film? If you are into movies that involve alot of open minded questioning and lot of guessing then yes this would be a movie to watch, Mind you I am not saying it’s a good movie, but one to watch. If you don’t like those style of movies and expect one with an actual ending instead of a proverbial hand job without the pay off then DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE…
Bill Murray plays a middle aged Don Juan where are you now character, his previous girlfriend leaves him, discovers a mysterious note from an ex that claims he might have a son. He reads this letter at his friend Winston’s house (Now to me I think this might be one of those really…Winston moments? You couldn’t have chosen a better name like Ray or Egon) and reads the letter. Now Winston feels this is what Don needs to get out of his coma from life.
Winston develops a plan and some horrible mixed cd’s and convinces Don to take this trip to relive his past and try and find the mother of his child. First he meets up with Sharon Stone’s character Laura who plays an Single mother in a bath that goes no where and a daughter who makes this movie a little enjoyable by walking around naked, (Please be 18, please be 18, please be 18) once he discovers she is not the one with a boy he moves on, to the next girlfriend, to the next girl friend to the next…until he gets to the one who has passed.
To me the worst part about this movie is the awkward silences…and horrible song that Winston put on that disc. I think John says it best by there is no real score to the movie, and therefore makes the movie harder to relate to because there is no direction from music as to let the view know…of something is going on, he thinks it might be her….no all he looks for is a pink typewriter, pink stationary. Oh lets not forget the ending…
Did the writer/director forget to put it in? Did the Editor mess up and so they said fuck it leave it out? I sat there going THIS CAN NOT BE LIKE THIS….he just spins around in a circle looking everywhere to see this kid look back at him and continues to drives off…
I read on the back of the cover of this box, it was to bring back Bill Murray’s Comedy. This is no Stripes, Ghostbusters, Zombieland….I felt robbed I think everyone can agree with me on it.
When searching for answers in life, maybe we should just understand that some unanswered questions make us who we are.
If you are a type of movie watcher that requires a solid payoff ending then this is NOT the movie you want to invest your time in. If you like to formulate your own answers then you might want to give this one a go. I usually like both types… sometimes. In the case of Broken Flowers I was totally thrown off by the ending. If the rest of the movie was strong enough to handle that type of ending I would have been ok. But I found myself “struggling” to get through the movie only to have no payoff at the end.
The acting wasn’t bad. Bill Murray played Don Johnston as a melancholy older type Don Juan bachelor that suddenly had no direction in his life. I however did not see this as classic Bill Murray. Maybe Rushmore Bill Murray but when compared this character Don falls short.
Don’s friend Winston (nice name choice by the way), played by Jeffrey Wright played the pushy “I want to fix your life” friend to perfection. He had me chuckling at times, but nothing as much as to save the movie.
The 5 broken flowers all did a decent job in their portrayal as ex-girlfriends that once had that certain something he was attracted to but now they have all moved on to other things. My first theory on the title of the movie was the fact that he was “Broken” and these women were all his “flowers”. Until I started to see the myriad of woman he dated. This brought me to my second theory. These women were “Broken” in their own way and they represented “Flowers”. Without the attention from Don Johnston (water) they withered and even one died. He had even lost himself so, in a way he was broken as well.
There were many long take scenes as well as Reaction shots, Dead air, and slow fade out scenes with very little score to help you forget you are watching someone’s life unfold. Some director’s forget that our “real lives” are pretty boring and when they try to capture that drab snippet of life we as the audience are left feeling “un-entertained”. Don’t get me wrong, following a pink envelope from the Post Office to the main character’s house was fabulous and super entertaining. Ha! Right.
When he got into his travels the movie started to move along. I really didn’t care for the lack of score, nor did I care for the song selection. Winston can’t burn travel cd’s worth nothin’! Probably my most memorable moment is seeing a unrecognizable Sharon Stone with Daughter (Alexis Dziena). The daughter’s Lolita character surprised me with full frontal nudity. But not as surprising as later in the movie we see Bill Murray RUN! He was bookin’ it! I hadn’t seen him run since Space Jam and that was only at half speed compared to his jaunt in this movie.
In all this movie probably would piss you off so, I cannot rightly recommend it to anyone. Seeing Bill Murray’s real life son was a nice Easter egg but this movie had so much boring in it nothing could save it.
Nudity Bonus: Alexis Dziena – Lolita (38:00)(Full)
Where do I begin. Ok. This movie was kinda of artsy for me. I think the long scenes where they are just recording no dialog, no music, no nothing, just Bill Murray doing things around houses, were very boring. The transitions seemed really bad and I think the overall direction was very poor. If this film had been done with a decent director (or maybe editor) then I think it would have done very well and we might have heard of it before Randizzle found it on the 5o cent rental rack at movie gallery.
The cast did a pretty good job. I thought Murray’s interactions with these 5 women and there families was priceless. The full frontal daughter did have me pretty amused. I also enjoyed his scenes with his buddy Winston. And the scene when he wakes up next to Laura and she doesn’t remember how he got there had me laughing.
Mostly this movie bored, but it did have shining spots. Ending blows.
-Suggestions- Slap Randizzle for picking movies off 50cent rack.
TO WILL: It was 1.00 Favorites and it was at Family Video, Movie Gallery died a long time ago…gah.
For Those that have seen this movie. What did you think?