Trainwreck (2015)A hard-drinking, hard-partying woman meets a relationship-eligible… More A hard-drinking, hard-partying woman meets a relationship-eligible sports doctor. On a bit-by-bit basis, this comedy is pretty solid - not great comedic bits by any means, but mildly humorous. The best comic talent in the film is actually not Bill Hader or Amy Schumer but LeBron James, who is simply hilarious as Aaron's best friend. The problem with this film is the separation between its goals and what it accomplishes. Politically, Schumer and Apatow are part of modern feminism's movement against slut-shaming and female sexual empowerment, and it's clear that Amy (the character Schumer plays) represents this modern feminist. Yet because it's a romantic comedy through and through, reproducing all the cliches of that genre, Trainwreck forces Amy to change, to return to the tropes that marked women without the lessons of modern feminism. It's true that she never apologizes for her behavior, and the script never asks her to, but the recognition of her need to change indicates that the film's actual political position falls well short of its goals. Overall, while it's a decent comedy, Trainwreck's political aspirations fall short of its reality.
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