Trainwreck – Film Review by S. Guttman

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Amy Schumer’s lifestyle comedy has a clever opening that lays the foundation for the film’s storyline, beginning with two pre-teenage girls being told by their father (Colin Quinn) why he and their mother are separating. The issue is marital fidelity and the explanation he gives them (or the lack thereof) is worth the theatre admission price. While Amy takes her father’s sermon to heart and lives her life accordingly, sister Kim (Brie Larson) lives a happily married life, but the interplay between siblings is weak.

Amy is a writer at an over the top male magazine, a men’s Cosmopolitan called S’Nuff, specializing in comical sex story headlines. I did not like the magazine’s editor played by Tilda Swinton (but when do we ever “like” Tilda in any role). Amy is assigned to write a story involving a celebrity sports surgeon named Aaron. If you liked Bill Hader on “Saturday Night”, you’ll be good with his performance in Trainwreck. Aaron’s clients include LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire. The film’s energy level heightens with every appearance by James – this man could
seriously have a second career acting and James’ concern about his money is a nice touch.

The interaction between Aaron and James is solid and personally, I would have been happy with more scenes involving these two. Both Schumer and Hader know how to deliver their comedic lines, and there are quite a few. Unfortunately, I never felt any real chemistry between the would be lovers, Amy and Aaron, but this 124 minute film is definitely funny. Amy Schumer’s script provides many laugh lines. It is long on sex jokes, which is no surprise if you have seen any of her work. A real weak spot for me were the handful of race jokes that sounded like 70’s comedy; Amy should stick with sex. The movie was directed by Judd Apatow, who just may be the best contemporary director of comedic films.

Steven Guttman

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