Judd Apatow is one of the most successful producers in Hollywood. He got his start as writer on the highly successful series, The Larry Sanders Show and was able take the next step towards producing his own products. According to boxofficemojo.com, Mr. Apatow’s movies have grossed over 1.6 billion dollars over the course of his career. His movies are always going to feature some sort raunchy humor but they all seem to have some sort of depth to them. Trainwreck is no exception as it has plenty of raunch but actually has a surprising amount of depth to it as well. Amy Schumer’s wit and comedic timing add to this movie which results in Trainwreck being the best comedy of 2015. Let me break it down for you.
This movie starts with her father (Colin Quinn) drilling into a young Amy’s head that monogamy isn’t realistic. Amy grows up with that as her credo and lives a life that is full of promiscuity. As much as Amy is enjoying a life free of commitment, Amy is in a funk. While working on a writing assignment for her magazine she actually falls in love with a successful sports doctor played by Bill Hader. Amy has to decide if she is going to clean up her act or continue with her lifestyle.
I’m sure that most people are going to tell you that the funniest part of this movie is the fact that Amy Schumer is playing the typical guy role in a movie. The thing that stuck out the most to me was the very emotionally available guys that were in this movie. Bill Hader is sweet, sensitive, and goofy in his role. Hader seems poised after this to take that next step into leading man status.
Lebron James (who plays himself) is absolutely fantastic as Hader’s emotional friend. He spends chunks of the movie trying to get to the bottom of Amy’s intentions. I absolutely died when Lebron asked Amy, “Do you hear his name in the wind?” John Cena (who plays her body builder boyfriend) even kills it as the boyfriend who is crushed when she won’t be her “cross-fit queen.” Tilda Swinton plays Amy’s boss at the magazine she works at and she is sensational in the role. So many great casting choices were made in the planning of this film that it’s no wonder that this movie was such an enjoyable experience.
Don’t go into this movie expecting it to be all raunchy humor. Colin Quinn, who plays her father, becomes the emotional core in this movie. Amy Schumer herself has stated on the Howard Stern Show that Colin Quinn’s portrayal is semi auto-biographical based on her own struggles with her dad and his battle with MS. Don’t be surprised if you shed a few tears towards the end of the movie.
I think it can’t be stated enough that this movie was completely written by Amy Schumer. She has created a rom-com that dismantles the typical clichés that you see in these types of movies. It’s raunchy, unique, and absolutely fantastic. In a world where we see rehashed movies making it to the screen, it’s certainly refreshing to see something this wonderful come out in the theaters. Trainwreck is a movie that sticks with you and will have you laughing days after.