Trainwreck: Film Review

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Trainwreck has been out in the U.S. for a while now and the reviews have been great so I was expecting a lot from this Judd Apatow rom-com, written by the star Amy Schumer, and it totally delivers. The genre has died off in recent years because they get so formulaic and samey, but this is super smart, witty and totally hilarious.

Schumer is Amy, a heavy-drinking, smoking, drug-taking promiscuous journalist who works at a salacious magazine called S’NUFF (her boss is the fabulous Tilda Swinton). It has been drilled into her over the years that monogamous relationships are unrealistic and she has gone through life avoiding them, unlike her sister Kim (Brie Larson). Her romantic ideals are turned on their head when she works on a feature about Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a sports doctor with clients such as LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire and they fall in loooove.

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As standard with the rom-com genre, you know how the ending is going to turn out but that’s what we all want deep down inside. It’s not satisfying to see them not together in the end! Besides the predictability of it, this is unlike most rom coms in that it made me laugh out loud ALL THE TIME. This is because, and this can be said for most of Amy’s comedy, it is so well-observed, honest and fearless. Most of times I laughed because something hit close to home or resonated with me. Female characters in rom coms are never that mean, moaning and messy, so that was refreshing and it made her relatable. She felt like a normal person, not Hollywood’s idea of a normal person. I also don’t think Hader would be cast as the romantic lead in a typical comedy either.

I also think this will appeal to men because there are a ton of sports references that went over my head. Real sports stars act here and my favourite is probably John Cena who we get to see in a genius sex scene. Also keep an eye for cameos from Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei.

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The only bad thing I will say about it is that it went on a bit too long and started to lose momentum around the middle. There are a few other things going on besides the relationship, which is needed, but too much time was spent on those things. There a couple of jokes that didn’t land with the majority of the screening audience but if you know you find Amy funny, then this will not be a problem.

It does lose its edge towards the end when they are sad, but I don’t think it goes too sentimental. The cheerleading scene is perfect and I want to see the whole thing again because I reckon there is a ton of subtle jokes I missed while laughing at others.

In cinemas Friday 14th July 

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