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trainwreck portraitDirector: Judd Apatow
Writer: Amy Schumer
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
Rating: R
Runtime: 125 min
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn

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Good. Why Watch it?

Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck is a romantic comedy that breaks all the rules. Amy Schumer, writer and star, plays a woman who struggles with the idea of monogamy and has an overwhelming fear of commitment. That is until she meets a great guy, Bill Hader. They take the usual cliché of a woman seeking a relationship, dealing with a string of misogynistic men and flip the script.

I’m aware this sounds incredibly cheesy. However, with a talented cast of comedians and a well written script, they were able to create a genuinely funny film, within the cookie cutter guidelines of the genre. Honestly, I’m not a fan of Amy Schumer’s standup. We get it. Women are sexual beings too. It’s funny, but her comedy tends to start and stop there. While Trainwreck is essentially just that, her style finds it’s home in this romantic comedy. She writes for herself quite well, but her writing really shines through her co-stars.

Bill Hader plays a sports surgeon who’s best friend is LeBron James. The chemistry between James and Hader is perfect. I’ll be the first to say, I wasn’t a Lebron James fan. I mean, I live in Los Angeles, but after this performance, I’m a fan for life. For being an NBA basketball player, he seemed surprisingly comfortable in his acting debut. He made fun of himself throughout the film and couldn’t have been a better sport.

James isn’t the only great celebrity appearance. They pulled out all the stops and featured some of the biggest names in sports, including Amar’e Stoudemire, Tony Romo, Chris Evert, John Cena and even commentator Marv Albert. The cameos are what make this movie special. If you’re a sport fan, you’re guaranteed to laugh until it hurts.

They succeed in telling a story that keeps both men and women entertained. Schumer found a tired and worn out genre and gave it new life with Trainwreck. Sure there were a few uncomfortably cheesy moments, but quality laughs easily outweigh the cheese. I recommend picking this up for your next date night.

Check out the trailer below and get it on Blu-ray and DVD on November 10th.

Let us know what you think!

Trainwreck reviewed on July 17, 2015 by rated 3.7 of 5

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