Trainwreck

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Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is a comedy superwoman: Her stand-up is funny as hell, she’s a viral sensation, and lately she’s become every feminist’s girl crush. Now she’s the best thing to happen to Hollywood since the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler double act. Schumer’s new autobiographical comedy, Trainwreck, about a commitment-phobic NYC writer, is the funniest film of the summer—outrageous and out to make you think.

The posters say “from the guy who brought you Bridesmaids” (meaning superproducer Judd Apatow), but Trainwreck is more of a straightforward rom-com, with one big difference: Schumer plays the traditional “man” role. She’s hard-partying, promiscuous Amy, a writer for a Maxim-esque rag that publishes articles like “How to talk your girlfriend into a three-way.” But when assigned to interview a sports surgeon (Bill Hader, adorable), Amy cracks and gets serious. 

Trainwreck isn’t perfect. An emotionally weak ending feels like a cop-out. But you can forgive this film a lot. You forget how limited so many movies’ ideas of women are until Schumer launches into an extended tampon joke. It’s a film about everyday sexism and double standards. Schumer is calling this stuff out, but you only realize this when you stop laughing. Wince-inducing in many ways, Trainwreck has its priorities right.

By: Cath Clarke

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Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday July 17 2015
Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Judd Apatow
Screenwriter: Amy Schumer
Cast: Amy Schumer
Bill Hader
Brie Larson
Tilda Swinton
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I tried to keep my expectations of this film in check as I'd heard really good things then other people had hated it. I went in with some hesitation but for me it was pure genius. Schumer nails the portrayal of single, mid 30s women from all over the world trying to make sense of the ridiculous state of dating in this modern era. Her struggles are our struggles. Cute, laugh out loud funny and totally relatable. Check it out if you're sick of the usual romcom crap out there.