Original Release Date: July 17, 2015
Box Office: Grossed $140.8 million
Critical Review: The movie has 85% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics praising the film’s take on rom-coms. It won five awards including the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Schumer and a Hollywood Comedy Award. Was nominated for Golden Globe Awards and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
About the Role: Dr. Aaron Conners is very different from Hader’s other roles. A completely ordinary guy, there’s nothing that special about him except that he’s played by Bill Hader, which makes him special enough, but the character himself is pretty average.
At times, it almost seems as if Dr. Conners is an extension of the audience. Someone who observes the protagonist Amy with a mixture of endearment and total bewilderment. The things she does are humorous, at times understandable, but more often than not she’s completely bonkers. The worst part is how she talks, as if she’s drunk and high at the same time. And yet, Dr. Conners falls head over heels in love with her.
Simply the Best: Amy Schumer wrote and stars in what feels like an autobiography that fell heavily into a little girl’s fantasy, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Schumer plays a fictional version of herself, also named Amy, who has a major commitment problem.
Trainwreck twists the rom-com genre around so that Amy plays the role that is usually played by a male lead. A promiscuous, loud-mouthed, hard-drinking character that sleeps with someone new every night and does all they can to avoid settling down. Normally I hate films that are geared to fit into the gender-switched categories but Trainwreck is one of the few exceptions. Amy is not a poorly written knock-off of an already established comedy character and her emotional baggage feels authentic.
Too many rom-coms claim their characters are emotionally or psychologically damaged but never show it, choosing to say the words without any follow up. Amy doesn’t have that flaw. She’s a mess, and the film proves it every chance it gets.