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Film Review: Trainwreck

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Title: Trainwreck

Director: Judd Apatow

Writer: Amy Schumer

Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

Release Date: In cinemas now

Review by Dave Griffiths

When Bridesmaids was released in 2001 something very strange happened. It was a romantic comedy that ended up being loved by more men than women. The fact that Trainwreck contains a similar style of humor and largely centres around the world of U.S. sport seems to suggest that perhaps Trainwreck will fall into the same realm.

Trainwreck is very much the brainchild of Amy Schumer (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World) who wrote the film’s screenplay and plays the lead character, Amy. Amy is a journalist for a men’s magazine and thanks to the early life lessons provided by her tough Dad, Gordon (Colin Quinn – Grown Ups) believes there is no such thing as monogamy. This challenges the thoughts of her ‘coupled’ sister Kim (Brie Larson – 21 Jump Street) and proves problematic when she meets the perfect, Aaron (Bill Hader – Superbad).

Now the misconception you may have got from Trainwreck’s whirlwind publicity tour was that this is a romantic comedy with a difference. It’s not. In fact many of the topics explored here were done a long time ago in hit television series Sex & The City. Still that doesn’t mean you should avoid Trainwreck… far from it. No this is actually a film that works. Schumer’s script will you laughing, more so if you know a little bit about American sports, while the characters, even the floored ones, are characters that you will quickly warm to and find yourself barracking for.

Trainwreck thankfully shows that Judd Apatow can still recognize a good script when one is placed in front of him. Kudos to the filmmakers for casting real people, not Angelina and Brads, in most of the roles as it only adds to the natural feel that flows throughout this film.

At the end of the day though the brightest thing about Trainwreck is the fact that it introduces Australia to the comedic talent that is Amy Schumer. Funny enough to be lapped up by those who love Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph Amy Schumer is what makes Trainwreck so special and we can all rejoice in the fact that she put Matt Tilley in his place.


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