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About the Movie
Since she was a little girl, Amy (Amy Schumer) has been taught that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. But when she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be onto something. From Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Superbad), Trainwreck is "howlingly funny." (Rolling Stone)
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 253
- Fresh: 217
- Rotten: 36
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Schumer's performance is a tour de force of razor-sharp comedic timing.
Fresh: Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she's really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn't seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh.
Fresh: It's a fun, crude comedy with an outrageous central character and plenty of great one-liners.
Fresh: Schumer has produced the most retrograde romcom for years, funny though it often is.
Hilarious and heartfelt
Though you wouldn’t know it from the dead, retiree matinée crowd I watched this with, the film is a comic gem. But, as usual with this director, it also has a sincere, warm heart. Perfect date movie (unless you get uncomfortable with visual penis jokes), because there is both a healthy helping of sentiment for the ladies and a hilarious treatment of the sports world including myriad cameos of sports stars new and old for the gentlemen. A must see.
Judd Apatow’s movies tend to have a well-developed dramatic core, though they’re undoubtedly comedies, him being a director that doesn’t solely go for cheap laughs. We have to get to know his characters, problems and all, before we can really find their situations funny. He’s proven his method works with “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” - both of which hold up very well - along with his more underrated efforts such as “Funny People”. This fact is what makes “Trainwreck”, his latest film, such an oddly dissatisfying experience. It’s not as if we can’t see Apatow trying - he definitely is - but it just somehow doesn’t come together in the same way that so many of his past films have.
It’s all centered around a twenty-something reporter named Amy (Amy Schumer), a girl who’s been living her life by a ‘monogamy isn’t realistic’ code (an idea she learned at a very young age from her father). She sleeps around with men every other night, always avoiding the idea of getting married or settling down. That is, until she’s assigned to write a story on one of the biggest sports physicians in the country (played by Bill Hader). It turns out he’s a bit different than her casual encounters, even if she doesn’t realize it at first, and we’re mainly seeing her transformation from a careless person to a more mature and responsible one.
But the problem is, the journey isn’t all that interesting. Amy’s character is insensitive and quite unlikable from the start, and when some of the more dramatic moments start to come, I’m not sure the audience cares enough to sympathize. The writing just isn’t as sharp or witty as you might expect, and Amy Schumer has a hard time carrying the film. The supporting cast often steals the show, with a pretty well-rounded performance from Hader and a hilarious LeBron James playing one of his patients. It seems that James is probably the funniest thing about this movie, the rest being pretty standard fare. Judd Apatow can definitely do better, with this being my least favorite of his thus far.
My wife, son, and I went to see this yesterday; all three of us loved it! It's well written, directed, and the cast is superb. It can be a little visceral at times as nothing is held back, however in the end it is charming, and fun all the same.