“Trainwreck” Review

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SUMMARY: Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) is a hard-partying, hard drinker who sleeps with any guy she can gets her hands on. As a part of her job as a reporter for a tabloid magazine, she is assigned to interview sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) despite being not interested in sports. They manage to hit it off almost instantly despite being total opposites.

ANALYSIS: If anyone knows how to do romantic comedies right, it’s Judd Apatow. He knows how to humanize otherwise one-note characters. This film is no exception as he takes a potentially unlikable character in another movie and puts her in a realistic situation in which she changes her self destructive ways. While this movie has some pretty hilarious scenes, it has also has some heartfelt serious moments that felt real and not melodramatic.

I liked Amy Schumer as the lead. She knows how to carry an entire movie with her comedic timing. She also has a believable chemistry with Bill Hader. Usually, I’m not a big fan of cameos as I see it as a distraction from the overall story of the movie but this movie is an exception. Apatow knows how to make cameos work in his movies and he does it well here.

My main complaint with this movie is a common one for Apatow’s filmography: the over-reliance of improv scenes. While most of them are great, some of them are rather unnecessary and it messes with the pacing of the entire movie as a result. Sometimes it feels like more of a party at Judd Apatow’s house than a fictional movie.

CONCLUSION: It’s another fine addition to Judd Apatow’s already impressive catalog.

FINAL SCORE: 4/5

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