This Amy Schumer train that everyone seems to be boarding lately has confounded me. I don’t get her and I don’t understand what it is everyone sees in her. My interest in Trainwreck was all thanks to Judd Apatow in the director’s chair. He sold me on the movie and I was willing to give her a chance because of him. After having seen the movie I can say that I no longer have a distaste for her. I wouldn’t say I’ve boarded the Schumer Express but when I see her face from now on I won’t roll my eyes out of annoyance. Again I attest this to Judd Apatow and I suppose she had something to do with it having written the story and starred in it.
Judd Apatow has a knack for taking the mundane and making it feel special. Things we all go through at some point in our lives and generally speaking they never feel all that important to those not immediately affected by it. In some profoundly simple way in the very least, he makes the audience feel unalone. You aren’t the only one and I think that’s something pretty special. And of course his films are usually hilarious. He also has a knack for bringing out performances from people that you never thought they had it in them, like LeBron James of all people. Yes, I said it, he is funny in this movie. Best yet he doesn’t feel forced into the story. I also think this is why Amy Schumer’s more dramatic moments feel authentic. Apatow sets a standard and his casts usually find a way to meet those standards and blow everyone away.
Unsurprisingly Bill Hader is charming and natural as the so called love interest. He is the much needed monkey wrench in Schumer’s trainwreck that is her promiscuous sham of a life. She convinces herself that she’s happy but it isn’t until she meets Hader that the thin veil hiding her from true contentment is lifted. Some other welcomed additions to the cast include Brie Larson (I have a crush on her), Colin Quinn as the drunkard asshole father to Schumer, and Mike Birbiglia as the seemingly dimwitted husband to Schumer’s sister who can’t seem to wipe that cheesy smile off of his stupid face.
Most often comedies are roughly 90 minutes long. You get in a quick laugh and then you’re on with your day. Not here. Not when Apatow is directing. Some see this as a negative but I happen to thoroughly enjoy his longer comedies. He wants to do more than simply bring some humor. He wants to explore the personalities of these characters and if in the meantime can find some unexpected gems of comedy then more power to him. These are for the most part fleshed out characters who suffer the same anguishes we all do, they just do it in a way that’s a bit funnier. It’s not always easy to laugh at your own predicament but laughing at someone else in the same boat is, for whatever reason, always easier to chuckle at.
While I enjoy Apatow comedies I can’t deny that they don’t really stray away into the most original territories. They are predictable but what they lack in originality they make up for in charm and just downright amusing moments no matter the seriousness of a particular situation. Whether it’s an unplanned pregnancy or a dying, dick of a father, Apatow and his casts always seem to find the brighter side of things. Say what you will but I think that’s admirable at the very least. Trainwreck was unexpectedly good (to me) despite Schumer being the lead. She maintains a level of believability and of course has the quick wit to stand with the best of them. Like I said though, the lack of inventiveness holds back most of his comedies from being future classics. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy his type of humor and his message of family or family even though they’re ruining your life. It’s funny and even at times poignant and that’s a lot more than I thought I was going to find here. If you ask me, I’d call that a success.
Rated R For: strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
Run Time: 125 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3.5/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 4/ Visuals: 3.5
OVERALL: 3.5 Nerdskulls
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