Trainwreck (2015)

Free Beer and Joe are both big fans of this movie. They reference it occasionally, talk about how great it is. It was one of those movies that was on my watch-list, but kept falling further down as other movies took priority, but I finally got to it, and totally get why FB and Joe loved it.

Amy Schumer wrote the movie and stars as "Amy", a woman who, at a young age, is inspired to eschew monogamous relationships in favor of one-night-stands, booty calls, f buddies, friends with benefits, and casual dating. Her job at a trashy gossip magazine ends up putting her on assignment to interview a sports medicine surgeon, and their crush turns into a relationship that makes her question her entire life.

I've always been halfway into Amy Schumer - sometimes she's hilarious, sometimes I can't stand her. In this, she lives up to that expectation - moments of hilarity followed by moments that fell flat. Helping carry the movie is a fantastic supporting cast who I absolutely loved, including awesome comedians like Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell. Tilda Swinton is great in what is probably her most mainstream role I've seen, and surprisingly solid performances from John Cena and Lebron James provided some of my favorite moments.

Here's the thing: I didn't realize going in that this was directed by Judd Apatow, which meant a tidy happy ending. I know that 99% of movies are going to give me a happy ending, but something about this just had me hoping it would end like "The Break-Up" (spoiler alert: not a tidy happy ending). It was a tired cliche to show Amy getting rid of all of her booze, getting a grown-up job, reconciling with her sister, etc. I hate to be...I'm not sure what the word is, but I just feel like this movie reinforced the idea that you have to stop drinking and stop sleeping around and conform to what society says is a normal relationship to be happy. If you wanna live in a house with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids, that's fine, go do it! But if you are good with getting drunk and banging, you do you.

[Celluloid Hero] gives "Trainwreck" a 7 out of 10.

 

 

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