TRAINWRECK | REVIEW

I have no idea who Amy Schumer is, everyone has been so excited for TRAINWRECK and people are literally raving about it. From what I have been hearing she is from some really cool TV shows and she is a crass, foul-mouthed, party-girl who is absolutely hysterical! I really need to check out some of her stuff, she sounds like we could be bff’s. For TRAINWRECK I thought it not the best to send me, so reviewed a very unfunny German WW2 movie instead that night (13 MINUTES) and Kernel Blake thrust his arm up to attend and review. Blake is a huge fan and knows all about her. TRAINWRECK is out this Thursday 30th July in Australia from the fine folks at Universal Pictures Australia, it is rated MA15+ and runs for 125mins. All the best…………..JK. 

 

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BY BLAKE CURRALL

If you’d asked someone six months ago who Amy Schumer was, most likely you would’ve received a response made up of a bemused look, shrugged shoulders and possibly a grunt. Fast forward to today and her name has been thrust into the spotlight due to her risqué, boundary pushing stand-up comedy shows, her hilarious TV series INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and now, her feature film debut TRAINWRECK. And yes, I said thrust, in keeping with the Schumer style, there will be mild sexual inyourendo spread throughout this review…spread.

We first meet Amy’s character, Amy, as a child sitting with her sister at the family home, with their father giving them a hilarious breakdown, involving children’s dolls, as to why he and their mother are getting a divorce. His main message to his daughters? Monogamy is not realistic, a message young Amy takes to heart, as we skip forward twenty three years to a now grown Amy barrelling through life in a haze of drunken stupors and one night stands.

 

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Grown Amy is a woman who not only fears commitment, she can’t even stand the thought of having full one night stands, booting the random suitors out once the job is done. A wham-y, bam-y, thankyou Amy if you will. All the while she is entertaining the idea of a ‘boyfriend’ with juiced up knuckle head Steve, hilariously played by WWE superstar John Cena. The scenes of Amy and Steve together, especially during an incredibly awkward dirty talking session in the sack, are cringe worthy and hilarious with Cena proving to be a superb comedic actor, although doing himself no favours in the criticism of his wooden acting, by being incredibly ‘wooden’ in one scene, portraying the role of a towel rack. You’ll see what I mean.

When Steve finds out about Amy’s infidelity and her real views on relationships, he bails and leaves Amy free to live out her decadent ways. Amy’s sister, Kim (Brie Larson) tries to convince Amy that despite their fathers’ words of wisdom and her current lifestyle, monogamy is the way to go for a fulfilling life, a life which Amy looks at like a child looks at a plate of brussels sprouts. The two sisters, now trying to look after their ill father in a nursing home, went very separate ways after their childhood pep talk.

 

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When Amy is tasked with interviewing a sports surgeon for her job working for a tacky magazine, named S’Nuff, things begin to change. The surgeon, Aaron, played by the always funny Bill Hader is different to her usual conquests, a nerdy doctor that piques her interest, despite her complete and utter lack of interest in all things sports, her favourite sports team is the Orlando….Blooms for example.

After interviewing Aaron for her article and agreeing to a date with him, Amy is concerned and terrified by the fact that after an intimate encounter, she actually spends the night with her new man and much to her disgust, realises that she is in fact into him. From here, the film does start to head down the tried and true rom-com formula, girl meets boy-girl loses boy-girl gets boy back, but with Schumer’s script and Judd Apatow’s sure hand in the director’s chair, things never get too schmaltzy or clichéd.

For those expecting Schumer’s usual boundary-pushing humour, you may be a little disappointed with the outcome, yes there are incredibly blue jokes and raunchy scenes, but it does feel like Schumer held back a little and played it safe to appeal to a wider audience. What was surprising, was Schumer’s range as an actress and writer, the longer the film runs, the more heart and tenderness creeps in with some truly touching moments. No, not in that way, the tug at the heart strings kind. Special mention must also go to the supporting cast, Cena is great in his small screen time and a big surprise is NBA superstar LeBron James playing himself, although as a penny pinching tightarse, he has some of the film’s funnier moments. An almost unrecognisable perma-tanned Tilda Swinton, plays a wonderfully bitchy editor/boss of Amy’s magazine with some biting lines.

 

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TRAINWRECK | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AMY (SCHUMER) & AARON (BILL HADER) IN BED TOGETHER

 

That leaves us with our stars, Schumer and Hader, who are perfectly cast as the relatable everypersons, not the typical classically good looking, buff Hollywood leads, just genuine everyday people who are charming, likeable and just flat out funny. Hader especially, playing more of a straight man role than usual, is great especially with the little moments of silence, a taxi scene in particular that gets big laughs without him or Schumer even saying a word.

Yes, the film becomes formulaic as it moves towards the end, but you’re too busy having a good time and more importantly, laughing, to even care. This is a genuinely funny, touching, likeable film and a return to form for the hit and miss Apatow and a springboard for Schumer that will see her catapult into stardom. I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to her work many years ago and am glad to have been on the hype train from the beginning before making it to this TRAINWRECK.

See it with a full theatre and have a great time. Maybe just don’t go with your parents, especially for the tampon gag. That could be awkward…

4 dick jokes out of 5

 

4 Pops

 

 

Kernel Blake is a part-time beard bandit, philanthropist, industrialist….bicyclist…photographer, world traveller, movie lover, a man of few words who enjoys the finer things in life, like reciting Snake Plissken quotes. And when all that fails, heads out to a racetrack to do skids. Can be found twatting @bcurrall80 and hipstergramming @bcurrall80