Rated: R, Comedy
A bawdy, risqué film, “Trainwreck,” stars and was written by Amy Schumer. It chronicles the promiscuous misadventures of commitment-phobic magazine writer, Amy, as she runs through boyfriends and sexual encounters thanks to her father’s promise when she is a young girl that monogamy is unrealistic. When her boss (Tilda Swinton) assigns her to write about a sports surgeon, Dr. Aaron Conners, (Bill Hader,) something happens to Amy, for the first time in her life, she falls in love.
The chemistry between comedians Schumer and Hader was charming. I found myself routing for this couple to make it and laughing at their antics.
“Trainwreck” is extraordinarily graphic and leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, .but, the real scene stealers of the film belong to LeBron James, John Cena and a few surprise cameos. As far as I was concerned LeBron James really stole the show. He was funny and a surprisingly good actor. Comedy is hard to pull off and he did a great job.
This is Amy Schumer’s first time as a screenwriter. It was a good script with lots of one-liners to keep the audience entertained. Her and Director Judd Apatow’s sense of comedy meshed in this lewd, hilarious film. I predict that this won’t be the last film you see these two do together.
“Trainwreck” is reminiscent of “Bridesmaids,” “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” and “Knocked Up.” If you liked those films, you are going to love “Trainwreck”. If you found those movies too over-the-top, then stay far away from “Trainwreck.”
I viewed this Tuesday night at Wehrenberg’s Des Peres Cine. The audience had mixed views. The older people in the audience did not appreciate the coarseness and the premise. Four or five older couples thought the film was tasteless. This is not a film for mature movie-goers. The 18 to 35 crowd loved the film and thought it was hilarious. One guy told me, “it was the funniest chick flick his wife had ever dragged him to but he was so happy they didn’t bring their teen-age daughters.”
I had trouble hearing some of the dialogue because there was so much laughter throughout the film, but I wasn’t the only one who had trouble with that. Several others made that comment, too. One guy said he was going to rent it on Red Box to see what he had missed. Several women said that they knew women like Amy. I was really sorry to hear that. OMG!
“Trainwreck” opens Friday at both AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at email@example.com.