By LYNN BARKER
Front Row Features
Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” combines raunchy hilarity with heartfelt human drama delivered with style by TV vet Amy Schumer (Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer“), who proves she has impressive acting chops as well as a relatable appeal especially to female audiences.
When her parents were divorcing, little Amy (Schumer) was convinced by her playboy dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. How can a guy stick with one woman? Now a grown up, boozy, serial dating magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo and enjoys what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment but something is badly lacking in her untethered world.
When Amy is assigned by her shrewish editor (a wonderful Tilda Swinton) to cover a famous sports doctor (a subject in which she has zero interest), she is at first bored silly but finds herself falling for this charming doctor, Aaron Conners (an also charming Bill Hader). Is there something to this monogamy thing? When Aaron supports her through some tough emotional times, Amy has to seriously rethink dad’s advice.
“Trainwreck” is one of Apatow’s most complete, emotionally sound comedies. Sure, it contains a few scenes that miss the funny bone, it falls apart a bit in the last act and the rom-com is a bit long at two hours, but Schumer’s script, based very loosely on some moments in her early life, still delivers a nice romantic comedy twist. It’s the woman who fears commitment, not the guy.
Both Amy the actress and her character lay souls bare and it works. Amy and “SNL” alum Hader have an odd chemistry that we root for. They are both nice-looking but real and not the usual overly glam duo we are used to seeing in relationship films. Swinton is hilarious as Amy’s ice-cold boss. Marisa Tomei and Daniel Radcliffe provide laughs in a film-within-the-film about a dog walker (Radcliffe) and a potential client (Tomei), whose sexual flirtation is shrouded in double entendre chatter about canines.
“Trainwreck” makes a great date movie, appealing to the guys with a parade of famous sports figures including basketball superstar LeBron James playing through or, in James’ case, carrying a large part. Women should identify with at least some of Amy’s ups and downs and celebrate that for once, the leading lady in a rom-com isn’t a size 2.