Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, Dave Atell, Jon Glazer, Randall Park, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Pete Davidson, Method Man, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tim Meadows, Leslie Jones
Directed By: Judd Apatow
I heard some crusty old people after the movie talking about how “its amazing what they get away with in movies these days”, and “back in my day…”, and that stuff. The funny thing, I’m pretty sure there was no actual nudity in this movie, and I remember Shannon Elizabeth being plastered to the ceiling by semen in Scary Movie… 15 years ago. So, they’ve been getting away with much worse stuff for a long time. Old people, calm down.
What they’re probably referring to is that movies aren’t usually made where the woman is in control of the sex. Women don’t usually show sexual prowess. Amy Schumer’s character in Trainwreck is totally in control of her sexuality. They’ve been making these movies for years, but they’ve been making them with men in the leads. So, get over it.
Judd Apatow is one of the best voices in Hollywood right now. I’ve loved pretty much every film he’s put out as a director, and he’s taken a big risk here by putting Amy Schumer out in front for her first film. I know the role is tailor made for Schumer, and there was a ton of improv involved, but Schumer needs to hone her craft more. There’s a lot of good Schumer in here, but when she’s asked to put on her drama pants, it’s not happening. There are a couple of scenes that are pretty heavy, and I don’t think she carried it at all. But, most of the movie requires her to be funny, and she does that perfectly.
She’s supported by a pretty fantastic cast, highlighted by Tilda Swinton in a pretty vicious turn. Easily the most memorable role in the film. I also thought Colin Quinn did a surprising good job too, and Brie Larson just slays all of her scenes. And with all the hype around LeBron James, I thought John Cena was a lot funnier.
I’m not sure if this is a date movie… a chick flick… or a guy flick. It plays across to all types. Everyone should find this movie funny, and embrace Amy Schumer as potentially the next big thing in comedy. Not drama though. Just comedy.
FINAL GRADE: B+