by Greg Allard
Film Review: Trainwreck Rated: R Director: Judd Apatow Written by Amy Schumer Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 17, 2015 Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Bill Hader, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, Vanesa Bayer
7.8 out of 10 on the Garga Scale
Amy Schumer’s first major film role is a good one as “Amy,” a journalist and loving daughter of a grumpy multiple-sclerosis suffering Met’s fan named Gordon played by Colin Quinn. Amy has taken on an anti-manogomy stance, not unlike her dad. Maybe being commitment-phobic is more like it, as her hungry sexual appetite and no call-back policy leads her through a series of one-night stands.
Due to his illness, Gordon has to go to a depressing but plush retirement home before his time and Amy and her sister often argue over whether or not their father deserves such an expensive place to live out his years. Amy feels guilty about her dad moving to a home at all and her sister Kim thinks her dad, who never treated their mother right and who years earlier slept with some of her and her sister’s friends, deserves whatever he gets.
Brie Larson plays Kim, Amy’s younger but more traditional sister, who has rebelled against her dad’s past behavior and is less accepting than Amy of who he really is. One of the better quirks of the film is Kim’s husband Tom, played by Mark Birbiglia, a sweet but wet-noodle of a brother-in-law who is easy to make fun of and easy to love at the same time. His relationship with his son from a previous marriage is one of the most annoying and eventually endearing parts of the movie.
Amy is a self-centered, often drunk, and sarcastic lovable protagonist. When she accepts an assignment to write an article about a successful pro sports medicine doctor, played by SNL alumni Bill Hader (Aaron), she acts almost bigoted to sports and athletes in general. When interviewing Aaron, she has to make-believe she knows something about sports, which he calls her on. When she has to admit it, a crack of her vulnerability shows and Aaron eventually becomes her love interest – something she is not always so comfortable with.
While Aaron is portrayed as a reasonable and near perfect boyfriend, his sappy demeanor is a little over-the-top for me. But then again, perhaps he has to be so easy-going for the relationship with the rough-around-the-edges Amy to ever have a chance in hell of working out.
LeBron James and Amare Stoudemire both do a commendable job of being both Aaron’s friend and patient. The scenes with both of them are humorous, particularly when Aaron show up for his Stoudemire’s knee surgery in not exactly the best shape to conduct an operation.
LeBron is particularly protective of Aaron and let’s Amy know it in no uncertain terms. The question that naturally arises from this romantic-comedy is will they or won’t they — not have sex — but end up together. I’m not going to spoil that part for you, don’t worry.