Saturday, July 25, 2015


Plot: Amy (Amy Shumer) has been cycling thru guys in NYC partying lifestyle. She works at a style magazine, and she gets assigned to write a story about a sports medicine doctor to big-name athletes. She hates sports but quickly ends up in bed with the new doctor, Aaron (Bill Hadar). We meet Amy's sister (Brie Laron) who is worried about their institutionalized father. There are many cameos including Lebron James. Aaron & Amy's relationship cycles hot & cold while Amy broods about what she really wants. It ends Bollywood style with dancing. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Trainwreck was entertaining; it is a rom-com where the gimmick is female-oriented raunchiness: sex jokes, sex with disposable guys, beefcake butt shots, a tampon joke. It is joke-filled, and some are funny.

While Amy Shumer is funny, her character does not take her own life seriously enough for us to care about her; similarly with Bill Hadar's character. I would have liked more relationship-oriented drama; but the high joke count weakened the dramatic action.

Cast: Amy Shumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

Directed by: Judd Apatow

The Visuals: Nothing special

Rating: 2.5 stars:.

More: Who knew LeBron James could act? He did great. He had some excellent lines and some wow delivery. Somebody should put LeBron in an action movie. 

Even More: Amy is not really a trainwreck. She has a big time job, and was up for a bigger time promotion. She can pay the rent. Is she a train wreck because she drinks too much? If so, she seems to be managing it. I wonder if she was a bigger wreck in an earlier draft. This movie does not work as a redemption story, perhaps it would have been better if it did.