Trainwreck
Funny and raunchy Amy Schumer stand-up comedy molded into a Judd Apatow rom-com with his usual "real-life" problems
Acting
Directing
Fun
Script
Timeless
The Good
  • Amy Schumer and Bill Hayley have pretty good chemistry
  • John Cena and LeBron are surprisingly funny
  • Bravo to Amy Schumer for her first feature film script
The Bad
  • The second half gets too serious
  • Judd Apatow's "real-life" stories are just kind of annoying
  • Stick to more jokes, less drama next time
3.2Overall Score
As most of us out there I have a weakness for R-rated comedies. Every time there are on the previews, my initial reaction is hope – hope that there will be another Bridesmaids21 Jump Street or The Hangover. But it appears that going forward, I have to consider the Judd Apatow effect into the equation as well. What do I mean with that?

The Furious First Half

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Putting it into context of Trainwreck – the movie starts off really promising firing off raunchy and funny dialogue left and right with Amy Schumer comedy written all over it. She is one of the great comedy stars who found her perfect niche playing the “prettyish”, not-your-perfect size-2 (yet very sexy) borderline alcoholic and – to state the politcally correct term – sexually liberal mid-30 (which is a big part of her stand up work). She brings a great new force to the romantic comedy genre which typically is more focused around the broken/non-committal/career-focused male who can’t find the perfect mate for career/drinking/womanizing reasons but then finally finds his perfect mate (who he of course first does not like at all but then totally falls for) in the shape for Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman or Anne Heathway. In this film, the tables are turned and the male (ironically played by Bill Hader) is the perfect white knight who is reaching out our slightly messed up heroine. And as stated, the movie starts off great and gave me some pretty good LOLs – and even a few ROFLs. The appearance of the sports celebrities was a great addition to the films comedic elements (in particular John Cena just did an awesome job in mocking himself) – dirty talking protein shakes is just amazing. And a big shoutout goes to LeBron James who did more than just a one-liner cameo (thanks to /The Filmcast for pointing that one out). And I liked how they masked his presumably bad acting with just completely random dialogues (e.g. the heart2heart with Amy). Bill Hader plays his part solidly way but he is basically running into the problem which typically the female lead has in romantic comedies: he could have shined more but he was ultimately just the good-looking prop who our heroine set out live happily ever after. So all this funny stuff kept happening in the first half of the film and now I am coming back to my initial mention of the Judd Apatow effect – as the film diverts into the serious part (where the couple has their first crisis and he/she has to really fight for the other person), the movie sort of loses its mojo.

The Apatow Effect

And that has happened with almost all the Apatow directed rom-coms – start out with ROFLs, turning into maybe a LOL here and there until they become all serious and try to convey a serious-yet-obvious message; the best example that comes to mind is This is 40 – some really good dialogues in the beginning with some fantastic Paul Rudd moments and an amazing cast with great chemistry overall. But then in the second half, the movie got all high up on its horse and wanted to tell us:
  • Life can be hard if you lose your job
  • Life must be especially hard on those people who own a big house in Southern California
  • Life can be better if you fight through the tough times with your partner
Thanks Judd – I could have not come up with those life lessons myself. I did not come to watch your movie to be taught a lesson, I came here for some good laughs – so don’t stop with those.

But still…

Coming back to the movie at hand, I found the exact same issues. After the first half of comedy fireworks, the movie starts to get a bit too serious for me. And in these parts of the movie, it also became evident that Amy Schumer is a great comedy writer but there is still room for improvement in developing an entire screenplay. And at times, the story felt glued together and not entirely cohesive (e.g. the intervention scene was just kind of stupid). After all, I guess I am not a big fan of the “drama” during the last third of the rom-com but in Judd Apatow rom-coms, I almost feel he kicks it up to eleven and hits us on the nose with his stories. And quite honestly I do not care enough about. Just show me some comedy for christ sake.

Now, I don’t want to end the review on a bad note. All in all, this movie is quite fun and does provide a decent amount of LOLs. Plus, I believe that Schumer deserves some props for writing her first full feature script at the young age of 34 (darn she has achieved so much more than me at the same age already). She is certainly a comedy force to be reckoned with in the foreseeable future.

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