Amy Schumer is a comedic star. That’s what you instantly learn after watching Trainwreck. We are talking Tina Fey and Amy Poehler potential. Schumer is headed in that direction after writing and starring in a story that puts her entire repertoire in action for the big screen.
Trainwreck is directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The-40-Year-Old Virgin) and is about a girl who thought that monogamy was never possible because she was raised to believe that by her alcoholic jerk of a father (Colin Quinn). Amy has a commitment problem. She leads a successful career in New York as a writer for a magazine that really serves no purpose in society, kind of like most celebrity magazines that we could live without. The magazine is controlled by an equally ridiculous boss, Diana (Tilda Swinton) who shows no mercy for feelings, or real life situations. In this instance, we the audience get pulled into Amy’s story about how she may have to face her fears when she meets a long term relationship worthy guy. The storyline isn’t revolutionary, but the acting is impressive.
Amy is an alcoholic who lives in her own fictional world. She has a sister who lives a fairly normal life, with a loving husband and extremely polite stepson. Amy can’t stand the fact that her sister Kim leads such a cliche life, but deep down it’s obvious she envy’s Kim’s situation. She just doesn’t know if it’s worth achieving.
We get a raw glimpse into Amy’s life and how lost she really is. She has frequent one night stands with several guys, and even gets into a faux relationship with Steven (John Cena). Cena holds his own as the stereotypical tough guy who really isn’t that tough, and is a complete airhead. When that goes sour, Amy moves onto the next guy Aaron (Bill Hader) who is a succesful doctor in sports medicine. He’s polite, and nothing like the guys Amy usually takes advantage of. She gets an assignment from her boss to write a story about Aaron, the doctor who has the solution to long term knee injuries for athletes. Those two find chemistry and this is when the story heads into the direction you would assume. Along the way Amy’s reputation finally catches up and that’s what causes the roller coaster ride in the relationship.
Along the way you have several cameos from sports stars such as Cena, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tony Romo. The biggest surprise is the strong supporting role from LeBron James. James plays himself and is a scene stealer at times. He is surprisingly good as the best friend to the relationship. He’s been friends with Aaron for years, and wants the best for him no matter what it takes. You could tell Apatow tried to add some dimension to LeBron by making him the frugal athlete who has millions, but still splits lunch bills with Aaron. Hader and LeBron do have some chemistry as random as that may seem.
Trainwreck doesn’t break the mold; but it does introduce us to Amy Schumer, and that’s a good thing.