In Theatres: 
Jul 17, 2015
Running Time: 
124 minutes

After the disaster that was Judd Apatow’s previous film, I was extremely hesitant going into Trainwreck, which sounds like the perfect descriptor for what This is 40 was. Thankfully the film is everything but that, thanks to a hilarious script and performance by Amy Schumer. It’s laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end.


Amy (Amy Schumer) grew up believing that monogamy was a horrible thing, thanks to her father, and has never spent that long in a committed relationship with anyone. It’s something she’s completely fine with, instead focusing on her career writing for a magazine. For her latest article, she has to interview one of the best sports doctors in the business, Dr. Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), as he is about to perform a new breakthrough knee surgery on one of his NBA patients. There’s an immediate connection between the two, but while Dr. Connors has no problems moving their relationship along quickly, Amy is much more hesitant to trust her feelings.


Trainwreck may sound like your typical romantic comedy, but it’s far from average. The humor is some of the raunchiest material you’ll see and will have you laughing hysterically the entire film. Amy Schumer is brilliant in it and doesn’t hold back. She isn’t afraid to be crude. Hader is more refrained of the two, and it makes for an interesting dynamic.


Their relationship doesn’t just follow the standard romantic story arc we see all the time in the genre. It has the same ups and downs, but it feels more realistic. Their performance together is amplified by an amazing supporting cast consisting of Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Mike Burbiglia, and Vanessa Bayer. Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, is how good Lebron James and John Cena are.


Lebron James plays himself as Dr. Connors’ best friend. It’s not just some small cameo appearance, either. It’s a full supporting role, and he absolutely nails it. He’s surprisingly funny as the guy who is making sure Amy has the best intentions when it comes to dating his best friend. He also has no problem making fun of himself and his NBA career.


John Cena is the same as well, playing Amy’s last boyfriend before Dr. Connors. Despite his massive appearance, his character very sweet and in touch with his feelings. He also says some of the funniest lines in the film. I couldn’t help but be amazed at how well James and Cena performed in their roles and just how perfect they were for them.


Amy Schumer is an absolute force to be reckoned with and hopefully Trainwreck is the beginning of more comedy films from her. It’s one of the funniest films of the year and is an absolute must-see.

Matt Rodriguez
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