Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James
Director: Judd Apatow
Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Rating: R


Watch out, Mindy Kaling. Someone is itching for your spot of being the over the top, witty, pop princess of comedy. Better yet, Amy Schumer and Mindy Kaling should pair up and do a re-make of Hocus Pocus, with me as the 3rd Sanderson sister. My life would be made. Trainwreck is a hilarious introduction of Schumer to the masses, though many know her already from her several years doing stand-up comedy and her show "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central. She wrote this highly-anticipated feature film, got comedy film fave Judd Apatow to direct, and even convinced LeBron James to hop onboard in a supporting role. Whatever this chick is drinking, I want some.

Amy plays a 30-something single gal living in NYC, loving her casual relationships with men, not getting too close to anyone and indulging in whatever and whoever she wants. Her job at an alternative magazine is the closest thing she has to structure, and Tilda Swinton plays her boss - and she has NEVER looked better! (Unrecognizable, really! Out of nowhere!) When Amy is assigned an article on a sports doctor (the charming and oddly sexy Bill Hader), a plot not totally unlike "How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days" ensues. Only with a few more raunchy jokes.

Tilda, how she normally looks, vs. hot Tilda.
Photo Courtesy E! Online
There are several random albeit welcomed cameos in this film (sup Broderick!), and it's as if everyone wants to work with this fresh face of comedy. Personally, I'd like to know where she got every outfit from. That wardrobe. FIERCE. Some scenes were clearly improvised and we're intrigued to see where they take it, but others got a bit long. They could have shaved a good 20 minutes, but we get to see several different sides of Amy, including a touching scene at her father's funeral.
Amy and LeBron.
Photo Courtesy Seattle Times
Say what you will about LeBron James. His addition to the movie had everyone sit up in their seats when he appeared on-screen. Apparently his costars gave him grief for being such a natural on set, and how it isn't fair for him to be good at everything. His improvised rapping of Kanye's "Golddigger" in a scene is quite memorable. You need to see this movie. But maybe don't go with your mom. Or your dad. Men will get an eyeful into a woman's life who is definitely unafraid of her sexuality, and fans of "Sex And The City" will welcome the somewhat familiar Big Apple storyline. Amy is quite charming, and will win you over by the end if you're not already a fan.

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