‘Trainwreck:’ A Grand Romp with Amy Being Amy

By Tobey Schmidt

R | 125min | Comedy, Romance | Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson (director, top cast)

I have to admit, before going to see “Trainwreck” I already had high expectations. The director, Judd Apatow, has also directed or produced many other hilarious comedies such as “Bridesmaids,” “Step Brothers,” “Knocked Up,” and “Anchorman.” The lead actor and writer, Amy Schumer, is known for being a comedic. I expected this movie to be funny — but not one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

trainwreck-posterIt begins with a young Amy (Schumer) and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) being lectured by their pessimistic father (Colin Quinn) that, as he prompts them to repeat, “Monogamy isn’t realistic.” Now grown-up and working at a men’s magazine, Amy has taken that lesson into her adulthood and workplace, a magazine where popular headlines include “Are You Gay or Is She Just Boring?” She likes to go on dates and even sleep around, but she never, ever spends the night, because that would mean feelings, right?

Until one time she does. Amy is assigned to write a story on a sports doctor, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). After meeting each other they go for some food, and end up spending the night together. From there, Amy tries to figure out what is going on with her feelings in an awkward, you’d-have-to-know-Amy type of way.

trainwreckA great virtue of this movie, other than Schumer herself, are the cameos by LeBron James and John Cena. James, the famous basketball player, plays himself as one of Dr. Conners’ patients and best friend. His character is cheap with his money, even though he’s a billionaire, and protective of his friend Dr. Conners. Cena, a professional wrestler, plays one of Amy’s ex’s. His character is narcissistic; when Amy tells him to “talk dirty” to her, he begins describing himself after his workout.

More movies, especially comedies, are beginning to have female leads that would usually in the past be a male lead. With women like Schumer, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler writing scripts for movies and TV shows, issues about sexism are being seen through female eyes. In one particular scene, Cena’s character asks a very-high Amy if he has to worry about her with other guys, and she tells him that of course he does. He looks through her phone and becomes very sad and sensitive. Instead of comforting him she says, “Can I leave? Or like can you leave? I’m very high and I just kind of need this interaction to be over.”

That’s Amy being Amy, exactly how some women are and enjoy being. While men may be praised for sleeping around and partying, women are shamed for it. Schumer is trying to show that some women also have that attitude, just as some men are, in fact, more sensitive.

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