Amy Schumer is the funniest woman in comedy right now – that is undisputable – and ‘Trainwreck’ is her brainchild. Contemporary Melissa McCarthy is cute, doing her female recreations of all the great Chris Farley classics, but she’s nowhere near Schumer level. Schumer, the star and writer of Judd Apatow’s newest blockbuster comedy, is absolutely top drawer in this crude, often uncomfortable, feminine-driven romantic comedy. ‘Trainwreck’ is the hottest and funniest film going right now, all because of the gloriously ribald Schumer. Some might even say Amy Schumer is the LeBron James of the female comedian scene. Speaking of LeBron…
For those of you who aren’t familiar with LeBron James, he is presently the best professional basketball player on the planet; the greatest in the world at his trade. LeBron gets his first acting gig ever, in a supporting role, bringing the same magic you’ll find him producing on the court. In fact, LeBron was initially scheduled for just a brief cameo, but after Apatow saw him knock it out of the park, he rewrote the script to include King James as a feature character. As Bill Hader’s best friend and closest confidant, he’s witty, sincere, and had the whole theater in stitches when he breaks out Kanye’s entire second verse from the infamous ‘Gold Digger’ track in a wonted, everyday conversation with Hader.
So the story goes, Amy (Schumer) is a notably promiscuous journalist working for a racy, urban magazine while living in the big city. One fateful day, her boss, played by the delightfully chilly Tilda Swinton, gives her the assignment to cover a unique story about the world renowned sports surgeon Aaron (Hader). The esteemed doctor has connections to nearly all the great American athletes, who variably make fun cameos throughout. As Amy covers Aaron’s particularly boring existence for her piece, the two eventually sleep together and begin to fall in love. As they go through the peaks and troughs of life, their relationship is tested and pushed to the brink in standard romantic comedy fashion. In short, this is a charmingly salacious love story.
Schumer brings her patented dry, back-loaded, stand-up delivery to the silver screen in ‘Trainwreck’ with the aid of fellow comedian Hader, and the underrated Mike Birbiglia (‘Sleepwalk With Me’) as her imbecilic brother-in-law. It’s great to see her succeed because, unlike the most famous female comedians, Schumer didn’t derive from the Saturday Night Live machine in the way Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig did. Schumer was discovered through ‘Last Comic Standing’ and has been cutting her gib in her own Comedy Central hit, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ ever since. She’s more of a renegade, with a massive personality like Sarah Silverman or Chelsea Handler. She brings that defiant, awkward, and tongue-in-cheek offensive flair to ‘Trainwreck’ in her first feature film and it is marvellous. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the laughs in this rambunctious summer romp.
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Mike Birbiglia