The romantic comedy genre used to be a subtle and stupid thing. The basic premise was that at least one half of the couple in question was a hopeless individual that needed saving (from themselves). They try to convince us of the idea that glasses on an obviously gorgeous girl made her ugly or that if a guy sat alone while eating, he was anti-social loser. The director laughs at the idea that the average movie-going audience would actually buy into this concept.
“Trainwreck” is not that kind of romantic comedy. Thankfully.
Directed by Judd Apatow, and written by and starring Amy Schumer, this movie takes what I believe to be an honest, but humorous look at serial dating. Amy is a party-animal with many guy friends and she sleeps with pretty much all of them. When she is given an assignment from her boss at a pop-culture magazine to interview a prominent sports surgeon, she meets Aaron. Then a whole bunch of awkward hilarity ensues including Aaron getting romance advice and pep talks from LeBron James throughout the whole thing.
I’ll spare you the spoilers, naturally. Here’s what you need to know. “Trainwreck” was very smart and funny. I was extremely impressed with Amy Schumer’s acting ability throughout.
She genuinely surprised me with her dramatic acting chops as well. The supporting cast and cameos of Chris Quinn, John Cena, LeBron James, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, and Amar’e Stoudemire were also well-placed. But as a Miamian and Miami Heat fanatic, it was a infuriating hearing LeBron preach to Aaron a gag-inducing monologue of the bravery it took him to leave Miami and go back to Cleveland.
Bill Hader as Aaron was very convincing as that smart kid in school who grew up to be a successful doctor. As cliché as that sounds, I think most of you will know what I mean. He was nothing like any of his SNL characters except for one brief moment when Stefon came out. That moment was priceless.
“Trainwreck” is the perfect first or fiftieth date movie filled with raunchy humor, surprising cameos (that I didn’t mention), and will leave you thinking about awkward sex stories from your own past.
One tiny spoiler: watch out for the knee surgery scene. Look away if you’re the squeamish type.