Trainwreck

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Trainwreck
by Wilson Morales

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When going to see a Judd Apatow movie, and if you happen to have to seen a majority of his films, you’re asking yourself a few things before purchasing a ticket. One, how long is it? His films, mostly dramedies, tend to go over two hours. Will I leave the theater feeling pleasant surprised or will I be wondering why I stayed until the end when the good jokes faded early on in the film? With his latest film, Trainwreck,’ which was written and starring Amy Schumer, audiences will laugh out loud and embraced Schumer, a newbie in the film world, with open arms. The middle of the film tends to drag a bit, but with Schumer’s winning personality along with the supporting cast’s dry humor, this film leaves bursting with laughs and entertained.

Trainwreck 6 Amy Schumer

From an early age, Amy was thought to stay from monogamy. As her womanizing father (Colin Quinn) told her and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) that it’s better to have more than one choice when single, Amy’s lives by her father’s code and so has strayed from being fully committed in any relationship. Even as she goes from one guy to the next without a conscious, her loyalty to her current muscular boyfriend (John Cena) has no value.

Trainwreck 1 Amy Schuler and Bill Hader

While working at a men’s magazine, Amy’s given the task by her editor (Tilda Swinton) to interview sports doctor Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), and while sparks don’t fly on the first second, Amy’s aggressive come-on blindsides the reluctant physician. When he after expresses interest, it actually comes to a surprise and Amy’s not sure what to do. Her game is off. She’s usually the one who controls the outcomes of all her dalliances. With Kim already married and ready to have a baby to go along with a stepson and Amy’s dad already in a nursing home, her co-worker (Vanessa Bayer) is the only left who understands her need to stay single. As the she tries dating Aaron, the pressure to change into someone else is becoming harder as old habits are not easy to break. Even when Aaron’s friend and NBA player LeBron James to not hurt Aaron’s feelings, it’s still an emotional coin flip to which way Amy will go with.

Trainwreck 17 Amy Schumer and LeBron James

With Amy’s writing, she’s given herself one hell of a juice character. She’s sexy, funny, and emotionally unstable. While the typical rom-com plot of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl still apply here but with the genders reversed, Schumer injects enough humor and drama to get the audience emotionally invested. From the 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This is 40, Apatow’s supporting cast always served as a sounding board for the lead character. With her dad, her sister, her co-worker, her ex-BF, Lebron and others who dish out the wrongs in Amy’s life, each bring in a impassive humor that works. Playing himself, LeBron was amazing in his big role. Most times when you see athletes playing themselves in a film, they don’t have to much to say, but Schumer actually wrote Lebron in the plot and while he’s no comedian by any stretch, he brought out some laughs.

While not a perfect film, Trainwreck, at the very least, is enjoyable and can serve as an evening’s entertainment. You won’t be disappointed.


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