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Film Review: 'Trainwreck'

Tanya Mardirossian |
July 17, 2015 | 8:55 p.m. PDT

TV Editor

Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in "Trainwreck" (Universal Pictures)
Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in "Trainwreck" (Universal Pictures)
It’s time to see comedian (and now actress) Amy Schumer in a new light. The stand-up comedian takes on a new task as writer and star of “Comedy King” Judd Apatow’s new romantic comedy, “Trainwreck.”

Like many good films (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Easy A”), Judd Apatow’s directorial film written by Schumer includes a musical number to some rap and Billy Joel

In an Apatow production, you know you’re going to get romance, comedy and the natural conversations that take place in being in a serious relationship. Schumer offers a funny modern take on being a grown up trying to balance love, a career and family while juggling boys. 

Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) is a men's magazine writer who is the complete opposite of her younger sister, Kim (Brie Larson). Kim is married, has a stepson and is expecting a child of her own. Amy on the other hand, has men lined up, is a heavy drinker and loves to party. While interviewing sports doctor Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), what Amy thinks is a one-night-stand becomes a serious relationship, which is new territory considering she was taught that monogamy isn't serious due to her father's infidelity during her and her sister's young age. 

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Although the film adds on to the number of movies about women reporters pursuing their male subjects, “Trainwreck” shows the growth of a relationship between characters Amy and Aaron. The film is enjoyable for just about anyone (except for children) with the trio of humor, romance and sports. Schumer said that athlete LeBron James and others improvised some scenes taking the rest of the cast by surprise.

Amy Schumer’s performance delivers to a laughing audience who feels she’s the typical gal pal every group of friends has rather than conforming to a Hollywood model actress. Instead of all laughs like a typical stand-up comedy has to offer, “Trainwreck” shows Schumer’s broad range of acting skills which complement her well-written script. Like the title implies, the rom-com has Schumer’s character up and down, with laughs and tears, and sometimes, both simultaneously. 

In an interview, Schumer admitted that the film was "difficult, but also liberating" to write such a personal script. Hader also adds that the film is great to see Judd Apatow letting Amy do what she does best instead of making it a complete work of his own.

Director and producer Judd Apatow is a supporter of women getting heard in the world of comedy. We’ve seen his work with wife Leslie Mann and Lena Dunham in “Girls.”  Much like the show, “Trainwreck” is about a modern girl getting her voice heard through another great comedian’s production. 

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