Okay, here’s your warning if you’re a parent with kids you might think are old enough to see Trainwreck with you. YOU’RE WRONG. Don’t take your kids. Period. If they want to go (and you think they are old enough for such fare), let them go without you. Believe me, you don’t want to there with them.
But, if you can tolerate a movie with pretty graphic language, pretty crude jokes and pretty high sexual content that is also side-splittingly funny, go see Trainwreck. See it now. It’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a very, very long time.
Amy Schumer is on the cusp of stardom. She stars in the movie. She wrote the movie. She takes her own sense of what it means to be a young woman in our American culture and turns it into a surprisingly sweet plot. Is the movie sweet? No. Is Schumer’s character sweet herself? Not really. But the movie itself, which, in the final analysis follows a pretty standard romantic comedy plot, is sweet. Surprisingly so.
Schumer shows real chemistry with the absolutely hilarious Bill Hader. Man, he’s good. Schumer’s Amy, a magazine writer, is assigned to interview Hader’s Aaron, a surgeon to the sports stars, and the girl meets boy, girl gets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back plot kicks into gear. The two act together with wonderful chemistry as Amy tries with all her might to resist settling into a relationship with Aaron. Aaron won’t take “no” for an answer and the movie creates a very convincing romance between them. It is likewise convincing in the manner in which it breaks them up.
Simply put, Schumer’s Amy truly is a trainwreck. She presents herself as a liberated young woman but, the further the movie progresses, the more the audience realizes what it already knows (because it’s that kind of movie), that Amy has a lesson to learn.
Because Hader and Schumer are so good, we accept all this. The writing is so snappy and, at times, so shocking, we kind of forget that this is a plot and movie we’ve seen over-and-over again. LeBron James is such a revelation in the movie, we forgive that this movie isn’t, in the end, that original.
Colin Quinn is terrific in the movie as Schumer’s father. Tilda Swinton is an unrecognizable revelation as the editor of the magazine at which Schumer works. Jon Cena is really, really funny. And Norman Lloyd (at 100-years-old) was wonderful. The fact that this great cast assembled around Schumer tells you something special is going on.
Schumer is a voice, a powerful one, that should be spotlighted. She’s part of the recent movement to feature comediennes in lead roles in movies and that’s a good thing. She belongs there. If Trainwreck isn’t the most original thing going and if it sags under the weight of its own contrivance in the last reel, that’s okay. It’s one heck of a fun ride. It’s so fun, I might want to take the right again.
TRAINWRECK receives FOUR NASTY COMMENTS out of a possible five.