Trainwreck

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

It’s hard to find a comedy that really makes you laugh.  When you find one, its easy to get pretty excited about it, but let’s hold that thought for a moment.

Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer as Amy Townsend, a writer for a mens magazine called S’nuff.  Having been instilled with her fathers words “monogamy is not realistic”, Amy has created a routine for avoiding relationships at all costs.  Her non-exclusive boyfriend, Steven (John Cena) is more a booty call and is pretty upset once he finds out, but all scenes with Cena are pretty hilarious.  When one of Amy’s co-workers pitches an idea to their boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton), Dianna decides to give the article over to Amy.  Amy, a non-sports lover, will be able to create a different view for the article which Dianna thinks will make it more interesting.  The most interesting thing about this film would have to be Dianna.  There is just something about her that is so familiar, and it wasn’t until after the film I found out that it was Tilda Swinton.  She is such a chameleon it was a pleasant surprise.

Amy’s article takes her to a doctor to some of the top athletes, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).  I must say, despite being in an extensive amount of films, Hader wasn’t someone familiar to me and even seeing the films he has been in, I could not place him.  It becomes suddenly clear that Amy has no knowledge of sports, but the banter between the two escalates into a complicated relationship.  Aaron, with the help of his friend, LeBron James, tries to win Amy over, while Amy’s instincts fight back and threaten any possible future between the two.

There are a handful of familiar faces in this film, set up in ways to create some hilarious scenes.  A balance is required to have a good movie, and Trainwreck has tipped the scales in favour for comedy over storyline.  The storyline is predictable and while the movie tries to focus on the story, it lacks on the humour.  Trainwreck was not able to reach that perfect balance and seems almost ironic that the title of the film would mirror the movie.

Trainwreck is indeed a trainwreck of a movie, but has a handful of good laughs to make it worth watching (outside of theatres), making it a perfect Netflix movie.

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