Trainwreck : Movie Review

Trainwreck (2015) - Movie PosterDirector Judd Apatow (2012's "This Is 40") made an irrefutably wise decision when he hired Amy Schumer to write her very first, very own big-screen star vehicle. A brilliant—and brilliantly provocative—stand-up comedienne and the creator of Comedy Central's savagely smart "Inside Amy Schumer," she has a way of seeming sweet, likable and identifiable while speaking candidly and hilariously about sex, relationships, Hollywood double-standards, gender politics, and life in general. If Schumer's brand of humor is frequently blue, it also has purpose, and what she has to say about coming of age in her early thirties rings consistently true in "Trainwreck."

Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) has grown up with dad Gordon's (Colin Quinn) not-so-sage motto ingrained in her head: monogamy isn't realistic. While younger sister Kim (Brie Larson) is now happily married to Tom (Mike Birbiglia) and takes joy in being stepmother to precocious 11-year-old Alister (Evan Brinkman), Amy has spent the entirety of her twenties in a haze of alcohol and one-night stands. If her romantic life has remained a stunted gray area, her career is starting to take off as she vies for the executive editor position at Manhattan-based men's magazine S'nuff. When her gloriously British, unapologetically unfiltered boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) assigns her to write an article on sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the sports-averse Amy begrudgingly agrees, then finds herself genuinely enjoying spending time with the down-to-earth Aaron as more than just her writing subject. If Amy hopes to make what could be her first serious romantic relationship last, she will ultimately need to look inward and let go of the self-destructive patterns that have kept her from allowing love into her life.

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