Director : Judd Apatow
Writer : Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer is a proper comedian, so when you walk into Trainwreck you need to be prepared for her to do and say what it takes to get the laugh, even if it is at the expense of what you are expecting from the Female lead in what is essentially a Romantic Comedy. Schumer has surrounded herself with other comedians too. With Judd Apatow directing, Colin Quinn, Mike Bribiglia & Dave Attell in the supporting cast and Chris Rock on set alley-ooping lines to Lebron James, it provides a sharp edge to the dialogue that may be off putting for the casual viewer. But if you can get through the dirty jokes, there is a surprising amount of heart underneath.
Schmuer plays Amy, a daughter of a philandering father (Colin Quinn) who inherited more of his commitment issues than her stable sister Kim (Brie Larson) did. Through her job at a lads magazine, Amy interviews Aaron (Bill Hader), a doctor to sports stars and after they have a connection she winds up sleeping with him. While there is nothing unusual in that, she is shocked when he breaks all the laws of one night stands and calls her the next day. He seems to genuinely like her but she struggles to cope with the concept.
Schumer gets a lot of comedy mileage out of her appearance. Much of her comedy is derived from the double standards women have to cope with and they put on themselves. She devoted an entire episode of "Inside Amy Schumer" to whether she was hot enough for Hollywood in a parody of 12 Angry Men. The fact that it was so brilliantly executed was proof enough that the original question is moot. If you're funny enough, nothing else really matters.
Judd Apatow generally allows his films to linger, he doesn't understand the need to rush to a ninety minute conclusion. Sometimes the length can feel meandering (Funny People & This is 40) but for Trainwreck, the two hour plus run time works well. This an introduction for Schumer to movie goers, so he gives you the opportunity to spend some time with her, to get to know her. To those who already know her from stand-up and Comedy Central, it's a welcome career move and it's impossible not to wish her well and look forward to her next project.
While the title Trainwreck lends itself to easy negative headlines, the success of the film ruins the easy pun opportunity. It has everything you need - funny script, likeable lead, excellent support cast, decent, if well trodden premise and a killer finish that puts a smile on your face.