Review: Trainwreck

Synopsis: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader
Release Date: 6th August 2015


I, along with the rest of the world, love Amy Schumer. She’s a hilarious comedian, not afraid of going places or touching topics that some wouldn’t dare. It’s to no surprise that her feature film d├ębut is the same. Amy’s film follows a self-described sexual woman, who likes to see multiple people at once. When she is tasked by her magazine editor (played by the amazing Tilda Swinton), to interview Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) to two quickly begin a relationship and Amy must come to terms with her sometimes destructive behaviour.

Honestly, it’s nice to see a romantic comedy where the roles are reversed. Normally, we as an audience would be subjected to a film where the male lead would be seeing various women and sexual partners and then he would meet a woman who he’d fall in love with and that would change him. What a bore.
Seeing Amy in the lead, taking on this role that is typically reserved for men, is refreshing and in my opinion, makes the movie more enjoyable and funny. As a writer, she’s penned together a funny, light-hearted and thoughtful script that works well on-screen. She’s not afraid to write scenes about used tampons, or a condom stuck in a cervix. She pushes the boundaries usually set for women in this genre. Some jokes in the film, however, come across as a little lazy as they’re taken directly from her stand-up routine.

Bill Hader plays Amy’s love interest in the film and truly holds his own opposite her. He’s funny, but not over-the-top. Hader makes a great leading man in this movie.
Judd Apatow directs the film well, but there are moments where you can tell that scenes were left on the cutting room floor, or segments where the overall arc became a little messy and blurred, losing a coherent structure.

Sure, some scenes could have been cut and it’s not the best comedy in the world, but it’s a refreshing movie that, like Inside Amy Schumer, comments on the sexism and double standards faced by women all over the world. And who better to be at the forefront of that confrontation then Amy Schumer?


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