Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

Director: Judd Apatow

Writer: Amy Schumer

Composer: Jon Brion

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, John Cena, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Chris Evert

More info: IMDb

Tagline: All aboard

Plot: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

The fuck?  There's not a single train anywhere in this movie.  While that is a true statement it's not meant to dissuade train enthusiasts from boycotting this picture.  For the most part I had a pretty good time.  There are a few laugh out loud jokes and a bunch of amusing moments but it's when the shit hits the fan (as shit is want to do) 2/3 into the film is when it slows down and the 125 minute run time starts feeling it.  Up until then it's pretty fun.  Quinn is hilarious, Schumer is hilarious, LeBron is HILARIOUS and so is Cena (the last two cats really surprised me).  Once the rift happens between Amy (Schumer) and Aaron (Hader) the funny slows down to a crawl and you're left with two people who can't talk to each other which makes the situation worse.  I'm not the greatest when it comes to communication in a relationship but I do know that shit needs to be discussed in detail to try and support your side of the story and that needs to come from both sides.  But hell, this is a movie and the film makers have a job to do.  It's not that the conflict was handled poorly but it's the end of the film that suddenly becomes just like every other romantic comedy and I mean just like EVERY other typical Hollywood romantic comedy where everything wraps up unrealistically upbeat and safe.  The two hours before the credits roll start to wear on you but I'm not sure what you'd want to trim to bring the time down.  Schumer put a lot in her script.  The Radcliffe/Tomei movie-in-a-movie gag was satirically funny but you only needed 10 seconds to setup and earn the laugh.  Beats me.  I'm a huge fan of Schumer and Apatow and any time I can spend with them is worth it.  OK, maybe I was wrong.  There are a couple of brief subway scenes so I reckon you can technically say there was a train in the picture.

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