Trainwreck movie review


It’s incredible how rare a movie like Trainwreck has become.  While the flick clearly includes (and embraces) improvisation (as Judd Apatow movies tend to do), this is a tightly scripted comedy (by star Amy Schumer) with a heart. 

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Schumer is great doing what she does in a “You wouldn’t hire Michael Jordan to install a toilet” sort of way – this is what she’s good at and man, does she carry this movie.  She also did a great job of giving her character ample development time before bringing in Bill Hader to do additional heavy lifting.  There’s also great supporting moments from Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and holy shit Daniel Radcliffe playing brilliantly against Marisa Tomei.  Characters, story execution, timing – Apatow did a nice job with Schumer script.

The only gripes I have with this movie are as follows:

Lebron James wore out his welcome quickly.  He’s not bad in the film, but I got the point they were making and the intent of those scenes, but the shtick got old.  The Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert and Chris Evert scene didn’t really work for me – it broke up the pace despite its importance to Bill Hader’s arc.  The Amar’e Stoudemire bits were far more effective.

There’s a bit too much reaction to improv left in the movie.  Obviously, the movie is cast with funny people who are doing their thing, but they often (if not always) ended comedic scenes with someone breaking into an unscripted laugh and it shows – it took me out of the moment.  I don’t want to be constantly reminded I’m watching a movie, and between this and the cameos… I was constantly reminded I was watching a movie.

And finally from the nitpicking barrel, for some reason, Colin Quinn’s coverage in that opening scene doesn’t match the other shots.  It’s distracting as hell.


This doesn’t ruin the movie, it just distracted me for a few seconds.

But when you come down to it, Trainwreck is a funny movie with interesting characters that may not be packed with surprises but is as effective as it gets.  If you’re up for an R rated comedy, this film can’t be missed.  I’m giving it an 8.5 out of 10.

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