In this movie we literally go inside Amy Schumer. Amy is living it up in NYC when she is assigned to write about sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). As you might expect, Conners starts to fall for Amy and reluctantly Amy feels the same. Judd Apatow directs the Amy Schumer penned script, so we are in for a film full of laughs right?
I’m a big fan of Judd Apatow’s previous work for the most part. Knocked Up and The Forty Year Old Virgin are two of my favorite comedies of all time, so I was really excited for Trainwreck. Apatow has his disappointments, don’t get me wrong, but usually I can find some redeeming qualities in most of his work. Amy Schumer is hit and miss for a lot of people, you either love her schtick or you are totally against it and won’t have anything to do with her, I fall on the loving her side. Her stand up has me in tears, like literally tears. So pairing these two, I was excited. Will I be let down by this?
I was very delighted by how much I loved this movie. There are laughs throughout and you’ll have a smile on your face the whole time. Amy Schumer is great in the movie. Her schtick works for her character and there are definitely stamps of her stand up sprinkled throughout her performance and the script. There are jokes taken right out of her stand up and put in this movie, they weren’t out of place at all.
There are a couple cameos by John Cena and Lebron James in the movie. Cena knocks it out of the park. His jokes hit hard, whether it’s during sex with Amy or at a movie theater, he came to play in this. Lebron plays himself, and crushes it as well, he’s Aaron’s best friend and they’re chemistry was spot on. Brie Larson plays Amy’s sister Kim, who is the polar opposite of the way Amy is. She got married and has a kid as well. That relationship is good because it really shows how different the paths they have decided to take. Amy can’t picture herself in Kim’s life and vice versa.
The relationship that comes about between Aaron and Amy is natural. You really buy that Aaron wants to be with Amy and that it really doesn’t suit Amy’s lifestyle, but she does start to feel something for Aaron. Bill Hader does great in the movie as well and his comedic timing is spot on. They were dynamite together.
The movie goes from a raunchy comedy to a romantic comedy that is paint by numbers in the third act, that took me out of the movie. The first two acts were so hilarious that the end really lost steam for me, but the finale of the film will either have you rolling with laughter or just sitting there on your hands.
I loved the first two acts, the last third lost steam for me, but still worth a watch nonetheless.