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July 17, 2015

Trainwreck Paves the Way for Amy Schumer to be a Star

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Genre: Comedy Director: Judd Apatow Writer: Amy Schumer Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

Genre: Comedy

Director: Judd Apatow

Writer: Amy Schumer

Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

Synopsis: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.


There have been a few things that have been missing in comedy over the past decade. One is a lack of comedic diversity and the other is a lack of redundancy. When I went into Trainwreck I was expecting many of the same comedic elements that I’ve seen over the past 10 years. What I did not expect was to gain perspective with my laughs. While Trainwreck had some common elements of a typical rom-com and also a few lazy laughs, it maintained a unique feel which made the laughter feel new rather than expected.


With the success of films like Bridesmaids and Mean Girls, it’s surprising that Hollywood hasn’t been capitalizing on more female comedic leads. Women are a huge demographic and comedies that they can relate to are usually a win at the box office. What I liked about Trainwreck was how things were presented from the perspective of Amy Schumer’s character…a woman. Yes the humor was sexually crude at times but it stemmed from the elaboration of true situations. For the guys, if you’ve ever wondered why your female counterpart isn’t laughing when you’re watching a film filled with penis jokes, maybe you should watch Trainwreck together. This film will give you perspective in between the laughs as you are presented with sexual humor from a woman’s perspective. I promise you will both laugh together but as a guy you’ll also have many of those “A-ha” moments throughout the film.

Schumer surprisingly outshines Hader

Schumer surprisingly outshines Hader

I have to say that I’ve been a fan of Bill Hader for awhile but have only watched Amy Schumer in passing. Trainwreck is a film that put her on my radar. Not only is she situationally funny, she’s also emotionally captivating. Being independent but also being “Daddy’s Girl,” her character is unique and intriguing. She plays the role of the stereotypical male playboy, despite being female. She’s intimidated by monogamy and relentless in her independent sexual endeavors. Her emotional journey is funny in itself but her performance is also genuine and heartfelt when the scene demands it. Even though she is the star of the film, I was surprised to see a newcomer such as her outshine a veteran like Bill Hader. Hader was funny but Schumer was down right hilarious. I’d love to give away some of the scenes that made me laugh but I don’t want to spoil it for the rest of you.


Overall I would say that Trainwreck doesn’t stand out as far as story or character development goes, but it is its own unique brand of humor. I think that men and women alike can enjoy this comedy and laugh together which makes Trainwreck quite a good date film and a fun experience for many. It’s a film that proves that Amy Schumer’s star power will certainly rise in the years to come and also proves that men aren’t the only ones that can do this specific type of comedy.

Trainwreck - 7 out of 10
Some typical comedy elements but proof that Amy Schumer is worthy of leading, comedic roles!

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