Comedian Amy Schumer has had enormous success recently with her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, her stand-up and her public persona in general. And she’s only going to get more popular: she’s written and is starring in a movie.
Trainwreck is about a sex-loving, commitment-phobic, thirty-something journalist (Amy Schumer), who is asked to profile a top New York sports physician (Bill Hader), with whom she falls in love. The main character, Amy Townsend, it fantastic; over the top but loveable, she is essentially a fictionalised version of Schumer, which makes you feel like you already know her personally. But you don’t get too caught up in real-life Amy to focus on her character, who is utterly relatable. Not wanting to accept responsibility or commitment is something that we can all relate to, but Amy assures us that doing all these things doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sense of humour.
Bill Hader’s Dr Aaron Conners is also great to watch; as pretty much the opposite of Amy’s character, the two work very well together, and the chemistry between Schumer and Hader, both romantic and comedic, is very enjoyable. Bill Hader is one of my favourite things about this film; he’s funny, but also down to earth, clever, caring, and loveable.
Aaron’s best friend in the film is none other than Lebron James, who is played by the world famous basketballer himself. And this was arguably one of the best decisions this film made: Lebron is great! Not only was he hilarious, but he and the other sports stars in the film (Amar’e Stoudemire, John Cena) make the film feel fresher, bigger and different to traditional romantic comedies.
Because this is, in the end, a romantic comedy; it is both sweet and outrageously funny, likeable for both men and women. There are quite a few proper laugh out loud moments, like a sex scene with John Cena’s Steven, but the film also has a lot of heart, such as Amy’s relationship with her dad. Trainwreck is light, but not meaningless, and is more than just a stoner comedy (something which we’ve seen far too much of this year). It talks about family, and love, and what it means to be an adult, but reminds you that life doesn’t have to be boring once you are an adult.
Trainwreck comes from a rare breed of romantic comedies that appeal to both sexes. Much of this is due to the combined efforts of writer Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow, but the fact that the film is set in the sporting world, as well as very relatable and actually really funny, makes it the kind of movie that you don’t have to drag someone along to see. This film has put Amy Schumer on the map, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Below is a list of my five favourite films and TV shows starring the cast of Trainwreck:
- Inside Amy Schumer (Amy Schumer)
- Inside Out (Bill Hader)
- 21 Jump Street (Brie Larson)
- Saturday Night Live (Colin Quinn and Bill Hader)
- Mean Girls (Tim Meadows)