Trainwreck

(2015)

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Title:
Trainwreck
Release Date:
17th July 2015
Runtime:
125 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Judd Apatow
Writers:
Amy Schumer
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

Despite having a love/hate relationship with her scoundrel of a father Gordon Townsend, the one thing Amy Townsend has grown up believing from him is that monogamy isn't realistic, he and Amy's mom who broke up due to infidelity when Amy was young. As such, she gets drunk and stoned frequently in her pursuit of indiscriminate sex, with an unstated rule that there is no sleeping over once the sex is over. Her current "boyfriend", Steven, believes they are exclusive, not knowing that she sleeps with other men. Working at sensationalistic magazine S'nuff under head sensationalist Dianna, Amy is in line for a promotion, she certain to get it if her next story meets Dianna's scrutiny. That story is a profile of sports doctor to the stars, Dr. Aaron Conners, it despite Amy knowing nothing about sports. To Amy's amazement, Aaron wants to date her following their first sexual encounter, his sexual history in terms of quantity which is in extreme contrast to her own. Also to her amazement, she kind of wants to date him, the entire ritual of being the one person in another person's life a foreign concept to her. The road to a happy ending for the two is not guaranteed as their very different sexual histories and very different perspectives on sexual life may make them incompatible despite truly liking each other as people. Ensuring that his man Aaron is happy and doesn't get hurt in the process is someone who seems to take Aaron's personal life even more to heart than he does: LeBron James.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 67%
IMDb Rating 6.3

Casts

Amy Schumer as Amy
Carla Oudin as Five Year Old Kim
Colin Quinn as Gordon
Devin Fabry as Nine Year Old Amy
Josh Segarra as Staten Island Oli

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Andreas Boldt 26th October, 2015

Bad

This movie is like a lot of similar type of movies; meaning movies that aims to challenge preconceived notions of "what a lady should and should't be like". It quickly becomes banal, predictable and irritating. There's no depth of character here, because you sort of get the gist of the jokes before they're halfway delivered. Having said that; these kinds of movies can and have been saved by good performances. Unfortunately Amy Schumer doesn't deliver that. I don't know why scriptwriters and directors hit the same creative pitfalls every time a movie like this is to be made. We get it: here's an urban girl with a modern outlook on life who does what she wants, sleeps with whom she wants and doesn't apologize for it, etc etc.. good, but then what? A movie needs more than just a cliche of a character, predictable jokes and bad acting.

Reviewed by jambon75 23rd August, 2015

Unfunny, unoriginal, unbelievably boring.

No spoilers here, there's no plot to spoil and not big amazing scenes or reveals to discuss. Suffice to Trainwreck is a huge waste of time and talent. It should not have been such a bad film but it's beyond terrible. The humour is weak and practically every joke misses the mark. Lebron James is the best thing in the movie - he's the only saving grace. Judd Apatow needs to learn how to edit a comedy down to a short, sharp 1hr 30min as well. I shouldn't be sitting in a comedy wondering if I've missed a week of my life because it feels like the movie has gone on forever. I should have learnt my lesson after This is 40! I am sure fans of Amy Schumer will lap it up but if you're not one then steer clear.

Reviewed by aharmas 31st July, 2015

Simply Not Funny

Much has been said about the talented lead performers, and they have done decent work in previous endeavors. However, not much can be done with a weak script and with overextended dialogue that doesn't substitute for quality."Trainwreck" deserves its title for it crashes early on and never recovers. We are subjected to the required introduction to explain the protagonist's wishes to remain unattached. It's most likely the first misstep for now there's not much to discover in the development of the film. We know and see a disturbed and socially inept person who is unable to bond with a person of the opposite sex. What we also get is a very unattractive person because her language, attitude, and behavior are really not much to entice any guys beyond the overnight date. Yes, we can look at it as statement for a woman's right to choose how to live her love life, but why make the character so unlikable and vulgar. We have our share of challenging and difficult girls on screen before, but there were compensating qualities, and the script gave us intelligent and funny lines. Apatow continues on his crusade to trivialize and gives himself an easy way to please the crowds and not demand much from performers and the audience. Overall, it's an experience that will tempt you to walk out if you are in the mood to expect at least a decent film.

Reviewed by Eric 30th July, 2015

Nothing new here

I haven't seen Amy Schumer's show but with all the talk about her it seems as if she's regarded as some groundbreaking comedian. While this movie isn't terrible, it plays it too safe and ends up being very formulaic. There's definitely potential in Schumer's writing and I did enjoy her acting, but overall this first film by her falls flat. The biggest problem with Trainwreck is that it's so predictable. It uses the number one cliche in romance movies where the couple breaks up and mopes around for a few days but then gets back together at the end of the movie. I hate, HATE this cliche with a passion. It's so annoying that it's not even funny. Off the top of my head here are some movies that use it: Ted, Bridesmaids, Bruce Almighty, What Happens in Vegas, Office Space, Pitch Perfect, and Rock of Ages. The problem with this cliche is that it ruins the pacing and it usually shows a montage of sorts with the main character moping. Then all of the sudden the main character is inspired, gets their life back on track, and wins back their man/woman in unrealistic fashion. This cliche I can ignore if the movie has a focus on other topics, like in Bridesmaids and Office Space. But if the main focus is the romance, you can't make it so predictable. Trainwreck seemed to have other ideas but does away with them rather quickly, even abruptly kills off a character who had the most compelling subplot. It seems like Schumer didn't know where to go with things outside of the romance. Now, some romance movies do use this cliche but they put a twist on it. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is genius in its execution of the plot and plays with the breakup scenario in a groundbreaking way. The movie Sideways uses the cliche as well, but leaves the ending ambiguous and up for the viewers to decide. It's no coincidence that both those movies won an Oscar for writing. It's not good when I'm watching a movie and can predict exactly what will happen. During Trainwreck, I kept saying to myself: "Please do something different, please take this somewhere new" but that never happens. By the end of the movie I was unimpressed. It's a shame because Schumer does have some funny ideas and I could see her improving with her next film.

Reviewed by SquirePM 25th July, 2015

I walked out after 1 1/2 hours!

This is *not at all* the movie they're advertising. I expected a hilarious, raunchy romp. What I got started off gross, although not very funny, but then it slowed down. Before long it became tedious, with some touching scenes with the father, which carried it along for a while. By the 1-hour mark I was willing to stay but waiting for it to end. Then it really started to drag. It's like somebody said, "Let's make a really, really bad imitation Woody Allen movie without the comedy or the genius." When I finally just couldn't stand another minute I got up and got out. I knew it must be near the end, but it didn't matter. I did not care what happened to the two protagonists *in the least.* UGH! LEMME OUTTA HERE! ***SPOILER*** I don't actually have a spoiler, my whole review is a spoiler. The movie makers seemed to get desperate after the 1/2-way point. They threw in random scenes, apparently trying to spice it up, but oh, my, are they dumb. Lebron James is a big surprise. He is good, and funny, and fresh. Tilda Swinton's prodigious talents are curiously wasted. Marv Albert, Chris Evert and Matthew Broderick must cringe at the very thought of what they had to put on the screen to get their paychecks. Trainwreck is a very surprising huge disappointment.