Eppler: 'Trainwreck' a fresh take on romantic comedy

Eppler: 'Trainwreck' a fresh take on romantic comedy


Trainwreck is an R-rated savory treat for those seeking relief from the teeth rotting sugary sweetness of date night movie mediocrity.  It also signals the arrival to the masses of one of the most insightful and fresh comedy voices working today: Amy Schumer. She's been skewering sex and gender roles in her standup comedy and on her Emmy nominated Comedy Central series for a few years and the script she wrote for "Trainwreck" turns the rom-com genre upside down and inside out. 

She plays Amy, A New York woman with a great job, and A party lifestyle who sees a lot of guys. By playing this type of role, Schumer is challenging what we are willing to allow a woman to be in a movie. When a man drinks too much and sleeps around he usually has a name like Tony Stark, James Bond, or the whole cast of "Entourage." 

Amy is repulsed by the idea of monogamy, instilled in her by her father played by a surprisingly layered Colin Quinn.  But when she meets Aaron, a sports doctor played by the versatile and talented Bill Hader, she starts to reconsider. 

Schumer and Hader have wonderful chemistry on screen and their developing relationship is given hurdles that feel authentic and not manufactured.  There's also a very funny supporting performance by LeBron James playing himself as Aaron's overly protective best friend. 


"Trainwreck" does have its problems like inconsistent narration and an ending that's way too over the top. But director Judd Apatow finds the aching heart in Schumer's script about modern romance and independence. Like most actual train wrecks, you can't look away.

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