Trainwreck

★★★
This one’s got Amy Schumer written all over it.
Movie Review #988

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Meet Amy, our protagonist portrayed by Amy Schumer. Her lifestyle consists of doing whatever pleases her. She drinks like a fish and smokes weed like a lawnmower. She writes for a men’s magazine and never seems to end up with the right articles. Most importantly, she sleeps around. No wait, that’s the wrong terminology. She has sex recreationally and always finds a way to avoid spending the night. But that’s just a technicality. Sex is such a routine for her that it’s difficult to say she’s not sleeping around.

The character isn’t unfamiliar. It’s an extension of the stock character we’ve seen on Amy Schumer’s own variety show. The difference is that “Trainwreck” isn’t a two-hour sketch. Schumer’s character is essentially a mirror to Seth Rogen’s character from “Knocked Up”, except this most recent work from Judd Apatow feels more like a redeeming coming-of-age movie. Schumer’s screenplay transcends the stock characters she portrays on Inside Amy Schumer, and makes her character’s internal conflict is rather apparent. She has lived her entire adulthood (or most of it, to be fair) in the name of having fun. Does she want to commit to the man she loves, give up her sophomoric lifestyle, and live like a proper adult? Or would she rather continue her routine of meaningless sex, heavy drinking, and weed-smoking?

Schumer’s role in “Trainwreck” truly is something. Her coupling with Bill Hader is terrific, but this is clearly her movie. Although Schumer’s performance is absolutely hysterical, the most priceless moments come when Schumer decides to spontaneously shift the spotlight of her script onto a celebrity cameo. The briefest, and by far the funniest, of these is Daniel Radcliffe’s. I don’t know why it’s so funny watching the former Harry Potter show up as possibly the best dog walker the world has ever known, but god, did that scene have me laughing. Then there’s LeBron James and John Cena, whose appearances are more along the lines of a supporting performance than a cameo. Just the fact that these two would show up for less than a minute in any other film, and serve the purpose of driving the plot along in “Trainwreck”, is rather amusing.

Amy Schumer has really breathed life into the movie. Admittedly, her script did need some trimming, the one thing every Judd Apatow comedy needs but doesn’t quite have. Perhaps the final scene would have fit better if this weren’t the case. But she’s immensely comfortable in the role, so much that she’s practically playing herself. It’s because of this that “Trainwreck” is as honest and as funny as some of Schumer’s best stand-up comedy.

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