Trainwreck gives us the typical Amy Schumer humor with characters that audiences can relate to, even for those filmgoers that don’t like romantic comedies. Directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, Trainwreck stars Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, with Tilda Swinton and LeBron James.
Following the success of The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40, Apatow gives rise to the voice of Amy Schumer. Schumer, an alumnus of Last Comic Standing and star of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central is the latest to join the Apatow family. Schumer’s character is one doesn’t bother to apologize as she moves along through life.
Amy’s father, Gordon (Quinn), raises both her and her sister Kim (Larson) that there’s no such thing as monogamy. We cut to years later and Amy is sleeping around with everyone. She’s a magazine writer these days. While she finds romantic committment to be boring, she soon starts to fall for Aaron Connors (Hader), a successful sports doctor that she is writing about. He seems to like her and soon, she realizes that she’s in love with him.
In both her stand-up and sketch comedy show, Schumer has a effortless way of blending confessional comedy, gender politics, and providing uproarious observation. Change the medium from the stage or television to film and there’s not a difference. Still, she writes the film from a personal perspective with both familial and romantic relationships, no to mention her own battles while growing up. In short, it’s the exaggerated version of the real Schumer. Schumer could have written a stock character but she chose not to do so, which was a very smart decision.
Rounding out the cast, SNL alumnus Bill Hader plays one of the lead roles. Apatow has worked for years to find a lead role to offer him. Tilda Swinton is basically playing Meryl Streep playing Anna Wintour. The two cast members that steal every scene they are in are Vanessa Bayer and Lebron James. If this basketball thing doesn’t work out for Lebron, he has comedy to fall back on. Harder to believe is that this is Vanessa Bayer’s feature film debut. She breaks out in a way similar to that of Kristen Wiig in Knocked Up.