Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, is a hilarious sex romp, featuring a whole host of raunch. But at its core, this film is a refreshing take on the romantic comedy. It flips the search for true love narrative on its head–instead, following the story of a woman who wants to avoid monogamy at all costs. Trainwreck is funny and it is heartfelt, and I believe it could be the start to new brand of RomComs.
The film follows Amy (Amy Schumer), a successful writer in NYC, who has been convinced by her father that “monogamy is unrealistic.” She avoids committed relationships and instead partakes in casual hookups, never letting herself get emotionally attached and never staying the night. That is, until she has to interview a cute sports doctor (Bill Hader) for her magazine. All of sudden she’s in a relationship and now she has to learn how to stay in it. Unlike other movies in this genre, the story doesn’t end after the couple is together. It continues into the post Happily-Ever-After world, which is one we don’t see very often.
Amy Schumer’s comedy style brings a whole new face to the romantic comedies we’ve seen before. For instance, there is a whole sequence of jokes that Amy makes to her sister about bloody tampons. BLOODY TAMPONS. I almost stared crying of happiness right there in the theater because when has a period been joked about so openly and graphically? (She relates a bloody tampon to looking like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino film). Schumer is relatable on that movie screen, and her acting chops aren’t so bad either. She breathes depth into this story–there is a scene in which Amy talks about how much she loves her dad and her speech had me and the woman sitting behind me weeping openly. This is just the beginning for Amy Schumer and her inevitable stardom.
This movie not only rests on the prowess of Schumer, however. The film is rounded out with a stellar cast. Bill Hader was dorky and sensational and his friendship with LeBron James is movie magic–seriously, watching them figuring out how to split a bill at a restaurant was moving. Vanessa Bayer shined as a complex airhead and her boss, played by Tilda Swinton, proves in this film that she can play any character. (Truthfully, I didn’t even recognize her until I saw her name in the credits. YIKES).
Though the movie was long, and some scenes could definitely have been cut shorter, Trainwreck is a successful film that made me laugh the entire time. Romantic comedies have always been a favorite genre of mine, and this one is going to open doors for what the genre can offer. If you’re looking for two hours of laughs, relatable moments, genuine heart, and a bunch of penis/vagina jokes look no further–Trainwreck is here for you.
PS. Remember when that photo of Daniel Radcliffe walking like ten dogs surfaced on the internet? Well, it was for this movie. Radcliffe portrays The Dogwalker, a fictional film inside this film. Here’s the photo again–you’re welcome.
So what do you think? Have you seen this movie yet? Let me know how you like it in the comments below!