If you've seen one Judd Apatow movie, you pretty much know where this film is going. While I really like him as a director, he hasn't really left his comfort zone yet. He's given us plenty of laughs over the years, but he hasn't provided us with his big career changing movie yet. That being said, all of his films thus far (or at least the ones that I've seen) are damn entertaining, and Trainwreck is no exception.
The film, written by Amy Schumer in a semi-autobiographical fashion, follows the story of Amy (Amy Schumer). She's a drunk, weed smoking sex addict who goes through more men than she can count. She's assigned to write an article on a famous sports doctor named Aaron (Bill Hader). Intending on it being just a one night stand, Amy sleeps with the doctor, but in an unexpected change of course, she ends up staying the night, something she swore she would never do unless black out drunk. Edging her on, Aaron asks Amy out again, and would you believe me if I told you she says yes? Because she does. And that's our movie. At least, that's all I'm going to tell you about the movie as that's all that's advertised. In terms of plot, there's a little more to it than that, but I'll let you find out what without my help.
The main reason I was excited for this film was because of the two leads, Bill Hader and Amy Schumer. I love them both so much, Hader especially. Not only is he a great comedian and a great actor, but he just seems like a great guy. Then there's Amy Schumer, and damn, she's one funny woman. I don't care what anyone says, Schumer is a comedic genius, her standup providing me with so many laughs. When you put the two of them together, having them as romantic leads no less, in a film that's written by Schumer and directed by Apatow, what could go wrong?
The humour is a little slow to really kick in, the laughs in the first fifteen or so minutes being fairly inconsistent, but when the film gets going it really gets going, providing us with near constant humour and a lot of heart, emotionally drawing us into these character's lives and playing around with our hearts. This film is much more than just your run of the mill chick flick. Nicholas Sparks has nothing on Amy Schumer comparing a tampon to the red wedding from Game of Thrones. He has absolutely nothing.
An aspect of this movie that was surprisingly brilliant, however, was LeBron James. I'm not a sports person myself, much like the character of Amy in this movie and Bill Hader in real life, but like everyone, I know who he is. Obviously. I couldn't tell you one person who doesn't. What I didn't expect from him was comedy gold. He's sensational in his role, stepping in as Aaron's best friend. He has comedic timing and his jokes always work. There's not a single joke of his that didn't go down well.
The film can have you in hysterics, sure, but that doesn't stop it from being so familiar and predictable. While the film does throw in a few plot elements you don't see coming, once they're introduced you know exactly where they're going, and they go just there. There's no plot surprises, nothing obviously original and nothing that takes this film out of safe territory. Like all Judd Apatow movies, it plays everything by the books, although it still allows you to have a lot of fun with what's at play.
To sum up, Trainwreck dwells in familiar and predictable territory, but thanks to a likeable cast and an absolutely hilarious screenplay by Amy Schumer, full of both heart and humour, Trainwreck works on a lot of levels.
3 1/2 Stars