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Comedian of the moment Amy Schumer (writer and star) is a monogamy-free magazine writer who does alcohol and one-night-stands on a regular basis in Judd Apatow's comedy.
When she begins to feel some sort of icky romance towards the subject of her new article (Bill Hader), it begins to tug at her very nature. Co-stars Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, John Cena and LeBron James as LeBron James.
Rating: R16 Sex scenes, sexual content, drug use & offensive language
As he’s done plenty of times elsewhere, Judd Apatow assists another comic realise their vision with Trainwreck, written by star Amy Schumer and promoting her from one-to-watch to must-watch status. Apatow directs with an almost invisible hand (one notable exception being his inability to deliver a comedy under two hours), leaving Schumer centre-stage throughout to hilariously dissect modern sexual mores, men’s magazines, and, more poignantly, parental/sibling relationships.
Well, for the first half of the film, anyway. From there, Trainwreck becomes an increasingly conventional rom-com and, if you’re not a fan of the genre, squanders some of the massive quantities of goodwill generated by the brutally honest comedy displayed elsewhere. Another way to look at Trainwreck, though, is that it’s one of the more unconventional rom-coms around, thanks to its ribald humour and atypical lead.
Does it really need to go into its third act by separating Schumer and her romantic partner Bill Hader and serving up a saccharinely-soundtracked “we’re sad and apart” montage? Probably not. But we definitely don’t deserve the complete repudiation of Schumer’s hard-partying lifestyle that follows, something already unnecessarily seen in Apatow’s man-child-grows-up films.
What’s a rom-com without familiar tropes though? While they could have used some prodding here, you’re better served by Amy Poehler-Paul Rudd piss-take They Came Together for a comedy ripping into rom-convention. What Trainwreck offers is a star brimming with confidence, a script full of often outrageous laughs, and a cast that sees strong supporting work from Brie Larson, Vanessa Bayer, and the ever-awesome Tilda Swinton in absolutely fabulous mag editor mode.
This is Schumer’s film though, a star-making turn that carves out a distinct niche from her contemporaries, male or female. She can crack jokes, she can emote. Maybe she doesn’t do sports, but that’s about it.
Time Out New York
Herald Sun (Australia)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)
Better than what the poster betrays
If you judged a book by it's cover, then this one would of made you put it right back into the bargain bin. But wait! Ah, that's where it ends. Amy Schumer (comedian-ness) is seriously funny. If you want a good laugh and a bit of "I know what she means!" Then this is it. Okay, not the most brilliant script and highly predictable. But what do you expect for a ro-com?
A great date movie, guaranteed a few laughs even if nothing else happens!
Triumph Instead of Trainwreck
A fantastic film that is not only side splitting hilarious but is also an adult coming of age tale - and holds both in perfect balance. Superb.
A smart, genuinely funny - though ultimately formulaic - rom-com. A tad long (Apatow!!), but memorable - particularly Tilda Swinton's shallow magazine editor - and it still delivers enough laughs and charm to forgive most of the flaws.
Bill & Amy's excellent adventure
This was an absolute delight, and surprise... A recommended date flick for sure! Lots of laughs and has some heart and soul in it too.Amy Schumer is a new favourite after this, and I have always enjoyed anything Bill Hader has done. John Cena is a revelation and I don't think I have laughed so hard in a movie theatre for ages...
You know, it's actually refreshing to see a comedy that makes you laugh out loud. That final scene just pushed me over the edge into stupid giggles. Nice to have some fun.
Humor At It's Best
This, by far, has to be one of the funniest films that I've seen in a while! Great cast and storyline!!!
The funniest movie I have seen in a very long time. I'd happily see again.
Lots of one liners but too long and predictable ending.
Made me cry-laugh. Twice.
I saw Amy Schumer's first major film (I think) after a terrible day at work, and it was exactly what I needed. It was awkward, it was a bit cringey, but it made me laugh 'til I had tears coming out of my eyes... twice. Hader and Schumer were a perfect on-screen couple and LeBron James was the coolest best friend character since Ron Weasley. Loved it, would definitely recommend!
Very funny movie and definitely well worth seeing although I did feel that the semi-traditional rom-com ending didn't quite fit the rest of the movie.