Directed By: Judd Apatow
Written By: Amy Schumer
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James (yup)
Sullywood Rating: 5/10
Ughhhh. I really really really wanted to like this movie. I am an avid Judd Apatow fan and am a growing Amy Schumer connoisseur. But Trainwreck was quite frankly a trainwr….no I am not that lame. I’m sure that joke was used north of 1,000 times already. But I can’t necessarily disagree with the ironic adjective as well.
The plot in itself lacked meaning and heart. As the viewer I didn’t care a lick about Amy Schumer or her family. The whole commitment story line had no backbone except for the opening scene, which its merit went out the window once we met Amy’s sister, played by Brie Larson, who found love and marriage, and an adorable step son.
Listen I know this is a comedy and diving in too deep into a comedy is dangerous and foolish. I actually love most comedys and when I don’t like one, something is seriously wrong with the movie. The biggest issue I had with Trainwreck was that it wasn’t funny. Really insightful huh? It wasn’t that I didn’t get the humor or didn’t understand where the jokes were, because I did. I just didn’t think they were funny, and honestly they were pretty awkward. I kept thinking the whole time, is this supposed to be funny? Is Amy Schumer just going through her stand up routine and hoping we didn’t notice? Did they seriously think that Tilda Swinton’s character was funny?
I am not kidding when I said I wanted this film to be funny. I am not joking when I say I like most comedies. Hell, Hallpass and Beerfest are two of my favorite comedies, impressive not need apply. I’ve never seen a comedy in a theatre with so much awkward laughter. You had a third of the audience laughing, a third not laughing, and a third not sure if they should laugh.
Whatever Trainwreck was, it didn’t work. I honestly can’t wait to see the next Amy Schumer project because she truly is funny, but Trainwreck was truly not.