Amy Schumer crashes into Janet Leigh in “Trainwreck”
Who’s ready for a snappy romantic comedy helmed by some dependably hilarious names? Coming in hot right on the heels of a Halloween fright fest, “Trainwreck” is crashing into the Janet Leigh Theatre this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-6 at 8 p.m.
When Amy (Schumer) and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) were young, their father Gordon Townsend (Colin Quinn), in the midst of divorcing their mother, tried to convince them that monogamy was an unrealistic pursuit.
Ever since then, men’s magazine writer Amy (Schumer) has been living a romantic commitment-free life, having taken her father’s words to heart — although her sister Kim doesn’t feel quite the same, as she is married with a stepson and now has a strained relationship with Gordon.
Amy casually dates gym freak Steven (John Cena) while sleeping around and partying it up. One day, Dianna (Tilda Swinton), Amy’s boss, assigns her to write a profile on sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), even though Amy doesn’t enjoy sports.
Meanwhile, Amy’s father Gordon must move into expensive assisted living arrangements, as he is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
After breaking down over familial drama, Amy shares a night of intimacy with Aaron, and they soon become involved with one another.
But troubles with her father’s health, as well as advice from Amy and Aaron’s friends Nikki (Vanessa Bayer) and LeBron James, respectively, soon leads to mixed messages and tension, and Amy’s past habits threaten to become destructive once more…
Subplots involving aging, parental care, sibling relationships and job responsibilities add nuanced, realistic elements to the film, while celebrity appearances from box-office heavyhitters, funny people and famous athletes alike — including Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, Matthew Broderick, John Cena, Randall Park and SNL favorites Vanessa Bayer and Pete Davidson — only serve to bolster the fun. Of course, the pairing of Amy Schumer and Bill Hader as the main couple can only result in comedic fireworks.
“Trainwreck” has been lauded for turning some of the most common romantic comedy conventions on their heads.
For one, the presence of a fiercely independent female-centric narrative is a refreshing innovation, especially coming from director Judd Apatow, renowned in the comedy world for directing and writing “bromantic comedy” movies such as 2007’s “Knocked Up” and 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Amy Schumer is well on her way to making a name for herself as a leading woman with this film, as her performance was heralded by numerous outlets.
Notably, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, “Sweet is not how Schumer wants ‘Trainwreck’ to go down. She wants to explode rom-com clichés and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done.” Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty enthused, “…Schumer gives their raunchy rom-com enough of her signature spikiness to prevent it from ever feeling predictable.”
Clearly, this is one trainwreck you need to see!
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