I don’t believe there is a more divided genre then the romantic comedy. If you go around and ask people if they like romantic comedies you will get a mash-up of different answers but all falling on either loving them or hating them. I for one enjoy some romantic comedies and I hate others. Love Actually is one of my favorites, I’ve watched Sweet Home Alabama more times then I care to admit, even the bad ones I’ve found some things I liked whether it was the sassy best friend who made me laugh or the guy in the story who plays the guy, causes me to root for him since the beginning because he’s so charming and funny like Chris Evans in What’s Your Number?. The romantic comedy lives and dies by the rating because in the end the film is about relationships and sex which neither are PG-13 material in real life. Relationships are hard, aggressive, nasty, and you don’t really hit the meat of a relationship until you are an adult which you are in full on R territory when you hit twenty-one.
Trainwreck, written and starring Amy Schumer, as Amy…(really?) and directed by Judd Apatow, follows Amy, a woman who has been raised to fear committed relationships by her father, which we see in the opening in a pretty funny scene when her dad (Colin Quinn) is informing Amy and her younger sister that he and their mother are getting a divorce. He describes to his girls, that monogamy isn’t real by comparing it to the girls doll collection and what if they could only play with one doll that really doesn’t want to play with them anymore. The film jumps ahead and we see that Amy has taken her dad’s advice to it’s fullest and has a string of guys she rotates through her apartment despite “dating” Steven who is played by John Cena of all people. Amy is just living life to the fullest until she is given a writing assignment to write about a sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader) who performs surgeries for players of the NY Knicks when she starts to find herself really caring for Aaron which is combating against her player ways.
What I liked most about Trainwreck is the characters and the way it didn’t shy away from the weird stuff you say and do in relationships. There is a pretty funny sex scene that involves John Cena as he tries to talk dirty and it doesn’t make Amy out for being the bad guy for sleeping around. The film doesn’t make apologies for it, doesn’t try to explain the difference, she does what both men and women do and that’s it. Everyone is pretty good, Hader and Schumer have really good chemistry, John Cena and Lebron James are all believable in their roles. Lebron plays a version of himself and Aaron’s best friend, his acting is several levels better over Shaq, but I wouldn’t push to see him in anything else because it’s clear that Judd Apatow was able to work a miracle with these actors and make all work in a cohesive film.
My problems with the film range from many of the jokes don’t work right up to characters just saying and doing the strangest things before the scene is finally cut, which has always been a weakness of Apatow. There are many scenes where characters will just continue talking when the scene should be over with and what they are saying isn’t funny and there is this strange running joke of a art film the characters keep watching where Daniel Radcliffe is starring in a movie about a dog walker which is filled with sexual innuendos. It starts out funny but by the end of the film I was tired of seeing it, but my main complaint is this film is TOO long. Clocking in at 127 minutes this really hurts the film because the time isn’t used to develop Amy and Aaron’s relationship, it’s the unfunny jokes that really slow the film down and should have been cut.
Trainwreck isn’t that romantic comedy that could change the genre for the better, it’s just not good enough to get that attention but I do think it’s important to take notes for the things it does right. We don’t have a character who is bumbling and falls a lot because the writers don’t know what to do with her. It doesn’t shy away from a woman enjoying her sex life and make apologies for it. Amy doesn’t need a man, she’s perfectly fine without one, she just happens to find a guy she likes and that the only time we get a montage is to show the time passing between their relationship.
Overall, Trainwreck is a cute movie. I didn’t hate it, I laughed some, Amy Schumer is funny but she made the cardinal sin, at least for me, when they try to squeeze some of their act into the film instead of being a character who cracked a couple jokes but I was never bored until the film hit the 1:45 mark and I was ready to wrap it up and move on. You shouldn’t rush out to theaters to see this unless you’re just out and want something to watch, otherwise I’d wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it.
Posted on August 8, 2015, in Movie Reviews and tagged amy schumer, bill hader, chad posey, daniel radcliffe, film monster, john cena, judd apatow, lebron james, romantic comedy, trainwreck, trainwreck review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.