|TRAINWRECK (director: Judd Apatow; screenwriter: Amy Schumer; cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes; editors: William Kerr/Paul Zucker; music: Jon Brion; cast: Amy Schumer (Amy Townsend), Bill Hader (Aaron Connors), Brie Larson (Kim), Colin Quinn (Gordon Townsend), John Cena (Steven), Vanessa Bayer (Nikki), Mike Birbiglia (Tom), Evan Brinkman (Allister), Ezra Miller (Donald), Randall Park (Bryson), Norman Lloyd (Norman), Dave Attell (Noam), Tilda Swinton (Dianna), Jon Glaser (Schultz), LeBron James (Himself), Marv Albert (Himself), Chris Evert (Herself), Matthew Broderick (Himself), Tony Romo (Himself), Amar'e Stoudemire (Himself; Runtime: 122; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Judd Apatow/Barry Mendel; Universal; 2015)|
|"A raunchy comedy with
poignant romantic moments."
by Dennis Schwartz
raunchy comedy with poignant romantic moments woven
into a sitcom-like rom/com story set around a sports
milieu and an ongoing unsettling domestic drama.
Television star of Comedy Central, Amy Schumer, has
written a juicy part for herself, as the stand-up
comedian tries her hand in her first starring movie
role. The uneven film has its moments, but gets
boring in the middle and weakly concludes with an
unconvincing happy ending. But there's good
chemistry between the leads and some good insights
into a troubled relationship to help push this along
as a good relationship flick between a mismatched
couple, who find they love each other and therefore
can forgive their mate's flaws.
Judd Apatow ("The
40 Year Old Virgin"/"Knocked
Up"/"This Is 40") awkwardly directs, never
establishing a rhythm. When no longer going hipster,
he becomes impishly squarish. But he finds some rhythm
when he gets away from all the cliches and the overuse
of crass sex jokes and lets his couple work out their
weighty problems in their own way.
Schumer) is a NYC staff writer for a
fluff men's magazine, S'Nuff. The husky gal, a
twentysomething party-animal who screws around for
lots of one-night stands, is a heavy drinker and has
followed her sour-puss loudmouth alcoholic divorced
father's (Colin Quinn) advice in not believing in
monogamy or commitments. She also must deal with dad
just placed in an expensive assisted living
residence and not fitting in. Her younger sister
Kim (Brie Larson) is her opposite, who
lives a happy quiet suburban life with her nice guy
hubby Tom (Mike Birbiglia) and her smart
well-behaved stepson Allister (Evan Brinkman).
bossy Brit female editor (Tilda Swinton) assigns her
to do an eyeopening story on famed bachelor
sports-medicine doctor Aaron Connors (Bill Haden),
whose celebrity clients include the basketball stars LeBron
James (brilliantly playing a
penny-pinching version of himself) and the
Knick's Amar'e Stoudemire. She is chosen
because she hates sports and the editor feels an edgy
story will result. When the nerdy Aaron turns out to
be Mr. Right, the messed-up and vulnerable Amy, a
neurotic, can't handle this and the relationship is
threatened by her deviant behavior.
In a serious note, when for a few moments not dropping Fuck Bombs or telling crass 'going down' jokes, we get to see how good this pic could've been. It unnervingly shows how damaged Amy is from so many horrible relationships and how the bashful doctor has been so hurt by past rejections. Though so many things don't work here, what does work is that the deep emotions of the struggling couple is revealed in a way that seems real.
REVIEWED ON 8/1/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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