Sunday, July 19, 2015


Movie Name: Trainwreck
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Dave Attell, Jon Glaser, Evan Brinkman, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Lebron James, Nikki Glaser, Kevin Kane, Rachel Feinstein, Tim Meadows, Kyle Dunnigan, Kim Caramele, Marina Franklin, Keith Robinson, Devin Fabry, Carla Oudin, Josh Segarra
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Director Judd Apatow is back, following a three year hiatus, since his latest "This is 40" was met with a less than stellar response from audiences and critics. "Trainwreck" marks the first feature he has directed, where he hasn't been responsible for the screenplay, which this time around, comes from the film's leading lady, comedienne Amy Schumer. The film follows the story of Amy, a young woman in her 30s, who lives in New York, working for a women's magazine (she's a senior writer), and who chooses not to have actual deep relationships with men: she engages in casual hook ups and moves on. A lot of this behavior has been induced by her father, now in a nursing home due to prolonged illness. Amy's sister however, has a decidedly opposite life: she is married, has a stepson, and a baby on the way. Amy's life is thrown for a disarray when she meets Aaron, a doctor who specializes in sports injuries, and whom she has to write about for a magazine article. 
Judd Apatow has been a unique voice in the comedy world: he's always been able to understand the cliches of the traditional comedy features, but he infuses them with a humanity and slices of (painful) authenticity, which makes his films decidedly fresh, funny and very real. The hilarious Amy Schumer is a perfect combination with his universe, since her humor is indeed a blend of self depreciation, mixed with a biting view of archetypes that live in any modern city. Both Apatow and Schumer understand the cliches of the romantic comedy, but they mine it with a lot more depth, swagger, crudeness and finally tenderness, which is what good comedies manage to convey. The overall cast is fantastic, with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader as the great romantic partners, with Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer and the always fantastic Tilda Swinton coming in to offer fantastic and funny support (even John Cena manages to poke fun at his own persona). A really funny and touching comedy worth watching.