Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Mike Birbiglia, John Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Miller, LeBron James

Amy (Schumer) is a self-confessed shagger, who regularly keeps men at a distance while trying to climb the ladder working at men's magazine S'nuff. She continuously juggles her divorced father (Quinn), who's forced to live in a nursing home, and her somewhat estranged sister (Larson) who revels in her own family. Assigned an article based around a sports doctor, even though she wholeheartedly hates sports, she meets Aaron Conners (Hader) and a strange relationship grows of the likes she's never had before.

Sexually enhanced with nice sentiment seems an odd mix, however this new Apatow comedy benefits from a fresh perspective and a grand collection of performances, headed by Schumer who essentially plays a cold-hearted bitch yet manages to grow on you. Matched by a wonderfully charismatic Hader as her leading man, an unrecognisable Swinton as Amy's English S'nuff boss, the always delightful Larson and a terrific performance from NBA champ James.

Apatow's first directing piece not written by himself does stick to the typical centrepieces of an overall story and he, as always, seems to let all the actors off the leash, and it's these moments that don't ring true. When the actors are feeding off each other, it feels more genuine and the last set-piece should leave you with a smile on your face. Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei appear in the film-within-a-film The Dogwalker.


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