Amy Schumer has been a popular comedian for some time now and her brand of no apologies, personal, straight forward, self-deprecating comedy is hilariously entertaining. Not surprising she has drawn the attention of director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) who has helped other comedians like Seth Rogan and Lena Dunham hit a more mainstream audience. With Trainwreck we see Amy Schumer not only star but write the script for the movie. A script which includes references to many aspects of her own life including her relationship with her sister and her father.
Amy Schumer shines as her character Amy; a woman who has grown up to behave like a man. She doesn’t believe in monogamy, she doesn’t stay the night, she doesn’t give out her phone number and she drinks like a sailor. What’s more she doesn’t make any apologies for it either. It’s her life on her terms and she doesn’t mind a morning after walk of shame.
Things start to get complicated for Amy when her boss assigns her the job of covering a sports story based on surgeon Dr. Aaron Connors (Bill Hader) who is carrying out a knee operation on a major sports star. Aaron is straight laced, organised and lives a relatively quiet life. He is everything Amy is not. Fast forward to the morning after a drunken night and Amy has broken not one but two of her rules. She has slept over and given out her phone number. More than a little confused by the developments we join her on her hilarious journey to figure out where this burgeoning relationship is heading
Joining Amy on screen are a host of comedy regulars (Brie Larson – United States of Tara, Colin Quinn – Saturday Night Live) and some hilarious comedic performances from WWE superstar John Cena, who stars as Amy’s long suffering former boyfriend who she keeps cheating on and LeBron James as Dr. Connors sensitive best friend. As Amy’s boss we have Tilda Swinton. Her character Dianna is pure screen gold. A take no shit boss who is a mix of Liz Hurley and an Essex stereotype with more fake tan than Cocoa Brown.
Id be disappointed if Trainwreck wasn’t the runaway success its destined to be. The laughs are hearty and Amy’s journey of self discovery is heartfelt. I’m giving Trainwreck 4 out of 5 for good laughs, clever writing and great performances. Check out the trailer below.