Amy Schumer’s comic mind surely worked overtime to come up with Trainwreck. The rising star wrote the script, as you probably know unless you’re living in one of the few places where they haven’t beamed her deserving face on a morning or evening show interview these past couple of weeks, and then passed it along into the reputable directing hands of the man who made hits out of The Forty Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids and more, Judd Apatow.
Then she starred alongside Bill Hader, Colin Quinn and Brie Larson, sleeping around and drinking too much, smoking a bit of weed … you know, acting just like all those guys you’ve seen in a whole long line of comedies you’ve seen that have come down the line before this one.
The full house Sunday matinee in the Regal Cinamas theater in the Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA cheered on and laughed at her moves and predicaments they caused. There were a lot of women her age around me and my dear wife Karen, I had noted when the house lights were still on, but enough of their significant others and couples and more seasoned in these things too. So call it a blended crowd.
I was amused, too, but I also squirmed to some of the rawness of her sex situations, and a few of the topics thrown out at pitch meetings at the magazine where reporter Amy worked.
Then her bossy boss assigned her to write a piece on a sports surgeon, and therein her funny and raunchy story found its heart and soul. And I was able to forgive and forget my misgivings.
She knows nothing about sports even though her serial adulterous father, played by Quinn, is now an ill lifelong Mets fan she and her sister have had to move out of his house and into an extended care facility. The doc, played by Hider, finds that ignorance and her attractive, and even goes along to make nice to ornery pops. She who has sworn off love doesn’t know how to handle a nice guy. Throw in her complicated relationship with her younger sister, played by Larson, who’s quite happily married to a nice guy with a smart stepson, and Amy’s swimming in strange waters.
Schumer and Hider seem quite different in real life, too. If you saw his tall, dark and storkish self walking down the street with her short, ginger and sturdy self you’d think they were just friends. That makes their on-screen chemistry even more fun.
Their fights and delights keep you hanging on. Great work, Amy Schumer and all involved.
Do you think Hollywood was overdue for a film of this genre from the women’s point of view? Have you seen any of the Amy Schumer interviews, and if so, what do you think of this new comic star? What’s your favorite Judd Apatow movie, and why?