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Trainwreck (2015)ATTA GIRL! - My Review of TRAINWRECK (4 Stars) Much like Judd… More ATTA GIRL! - My Review of TRAINWRECK (4 Stars) Much like Judd Apatow's collaboration with Lena Dunham for GIRLS, his work with comic and bonafide "it girl", Amy Schumer, has produced a thoroughly satisfying look at women one can actually recognize as human beings. While both are feminists, Dunham and Schumer seem to dismiss such a broad characterization in favor of one that says women can match men inch-for-inch in their ability to be assholes. Directing for the first time from a script he didn't write (the honors go to Schumer), Apatow has made what is clearly his best film so far. Schumer plays Amy, a hard-partying journalist with commitment issues, who is assigned to write a profile on Aaron (Bill Hader) a sports medicine physician, and sparks unexpectedly fly. From an early age, Amy and her sister (Brie Larson) were taught by their philandering father (Colin Quinn) that "monogamy isn't realistic". It's a hilariously written and lovingly shot opening scene that sets the stage for Amy's eventual crash and burn 23 years later. What follows is a funny sequence in which Amy dismisses conquest after conquest, sometimes unsure where she is most mornings when she does her inevitable walk of shame. What's delightful is that Schumer, unlike many stand-ups who become lead actors, fully commits to her character, never breaking or winking at the audience. Sure she gets the laughs, no great surprise, but what startles is her ability to make you cry without it feeling forced or cheesy. Her ability to appropriate that working class sensibility mixed with real smarts reminds me of Roseanne Barr in her prime. A Golden Globe nomination for writing and acting seems inevitable. Thank goodness they have the Musical/Comedy category! Joining Schumer is a stellar cast, with Brie Larson lending believable familial chemistry to her scenes with Schumer. Same goes for Quinn, whose monster dad is given so many lovable qualities that you can't help but side with many of his renegade opinions. At Amy's magazine, called S'NUFF of all things, her haughty and horrible editor is played by a completely unrecognizable Tilda Swinton, sporting enough bronzer and flowing ginger locks to keep Hollywood well-stocked in tanned versions of Emma Stone. Swinton's comic timing is impeccable, nailing her narcissistic character's breezy indifference to anything that doesn't involve her. Vanessa Bayer, one of many SNL actors in the film, seems to have cornered the market on mousy/happy roles, and every painful, toothy pause, especially when Swinton tries to get her to stop smiling, is gold. Ezra Miller uses his gawky male model androgyny to great effect in one ridiculously odd scene. Bill Hader, so wonderful in last year's THE SKELETON TWINS, embodies a fantastic male romantic lead, overcoming his character's perceived dullness to win you over with the loving, patient way he has with Amy. The biggest surprises, however, and the actors many people will be discussing are the athletes John Cena, Amar'e Stoudemire, and LeBron James. Cena plays one of Amy's boyfriends and his outbursts over his closeted homosexuality brings many laughs to the first act. Stoudemire has a woozy charm as one of Hader's patients, but it's James who wins the MVP award in this movie. He fully rounds out his cheapskate, busybody, heavily fictionalized version of himself, complete with surprising TV tastes and neediness. This is one superstar basketball player who knows how to deliver off the court too. TRAINWRECK is about a woman who learns how to grow up and love herself. It's somehow conservative that way, adhering to romcom tropes, yet it skewers all of the conventions simultaneously. This is a smart, rich entertainment, humanist in temper, reminding me at times of James L. Brooks' early films TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and BROADCAST NEWS, both of which also featured strong, flawed women at their centers. Also like those predecessors, Apatow likes to leave scenes loose. It's become something of a trademark of his, and TRAINWRECK suffers from uneven pacing and a few repetitive argument scenes between Schumer and Hader. There's even one misfire of an intervention scene loaded with odd celebrity cameos that took me right out of the movie. Ultimately it doesn't matter too much, since so much bite co-exists with so much kindness in this film. Lovingly shot by cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (GIRLS, TINY FURNITURE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE) with what at times feels like an Instagram 70s filter, TRAINWRECK is a big budget movie with the soul of an indie. If you aren't reduced to a puddle by Schumer's big dramatic speech, or if your heart doesn't melt by Hader's reaction to the final act event, then maybe YOU'RE the one who needs to belly up to a bar and drink your feelings instead.
31 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes