A sense of humour is a very personal thing; reviewing comedies becomes really difficult because you never know who is going to share your humour. Therefore, I was pleased to see that, going into Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow, written and starring Amy Schumer, there was a trio of grannies seating in the row in front of me, a different demographic from my own. While watching the movie, I was pleased to see the ladies laughing uproariously in what is a raunchy comedy written by a young person. They guffawed at the gags, cheered on the sex scenes, and finally applauded at the end of the film. I admit I felt like doing the same. Trainwreck is a great modern comedy for the open-minded, young men and grandmothers alike.
Plot: A Womanchild Must Grow Up
A young woman also named Amy (Amy Schumer) has a hyperactive love life, having been brought up to believe that monogamy was impossible based on the example of her cheating father. However, on a journalistic assignment, Amy meets a really nice guy, Aaron, (Bill Hader) a sports doctor, whose best friend is NBA superstar LeBron James. Is Amy ready to commit and grow up?
Schumer: Rude Yet Insightful Laughs
Apatow is obviously obsessed with mining the comedy gems from that particular question, “Should I grow up?” Trainwreck‘s perspective is fresher than his past attempts, primarily because of the female and funny perspective of Amy Schumer. Her humour is a little crass, part stoner, part blue, but with a clever feminist angle that elevates her jokes to more than just filth. You get quite a lot of male nudity in the film used for comic effect, for example, which thrilled some of my theater mates immensely.
Bring a Hankie, for the Laughter and the Sobs
Despite the fact that the film is filled with comic talent (I counted at least four Saturday Night Live castmembers, and Tilda Swinton!), I found that it was the dramatic elements that really moved me. Amy’s relationship with her father and the parallel relationship with her new love interest struck me as being intensely relatable. Perhaps Schumer’s talent is in getting things spot on, whether in her fair skewering of misogyny in her jokes or in the accurate details of the steps of a new relationship. The tone capably shifts from laughs to tears and back again, primarily because you can believe a lot of the people in the movie are real. LeBron James is surprisingly believable in his many scenes; he is no Charles Barkley with the wooden performance normally associated with athletes. Because I liked the characters in the movie, I was happy to go on both the romantic and comedic journey with them.
It’s Hard, It’s Good, It’s Overwhelming… It’s Love
The perfect antidote to the numerous action films out this minute, Trainwreck is a wonderful date movie for a more mature relationship. Not only will you laugh, but you will also wryly smile with recognition in the ups and downs of learning to love someone. Schumer proves that honesty can be refreshing. Schumer said it herself when talking about love, “It was really hard, but it was good, it was overwhelming. … I love love, and I’m very hopeful and was raised on all the fairy tales everyone else had. I just noted that everyone’s mom was dead and real princesses get beheaded so I just have a more realistic take on it.” That realism makes for good laugh and good feels.
Trainwreck is showing in Ayala Centre Cebu Cinemas this weekend August 28-31, 2015.