The film leans heavily on dialogue-heavy scenes with marquee actors and personalities that produce comedic value. This kind of one-on-one writing makes for very hit-or-miss comedy, and the reviews of the film coupled with its box office success show that this film definitely did not break it. The writing is satirical and pushes boundaries, with jokes that fall on the spectrum of political correctness, covering topics such as white people having black friends, smoking marijuana, and unintentional homosexual advances. The high volume of scenes with LeBron James, the best and most well-known basketball player in the world, show the tone of the movie. They seek to underscore the special nature of the fact that LeBron James just happens to be friends with Bill Hader, Amy Schumer's love interest, and their humor constantly revolves around uncharacteristic personal characteristics, like Jon Cena being lacking trash talking ability and James being stingy. The film can be praised for its cinematography and editing, making seemingly mundane scenarios of one-on-one conversations seem much more fun, keeping eyes glued to the screen.
Trainwreck is an impressive romantic comedy because it overcomes the acting challenges that stem from a lack of experience; most of the actors in this film don't act as their primary career choice. The film is comprised of athletes and comedians, and the cast's consistent performances make such a challenge obsolete. On the other side of the spectrum, this kind of a cast allows the film to push the envelope more so than other films do, appealing to a specific, hardcore audience.
Outside of the film's celebrity cameos and emphasis on comedic transcendence, the film also discusses themes of love in the workplace. The drama behind Hader and Schumer's relationship in the film revolves around the fact that Hader is supposed to be one of Schumer's interviewees, along with the fact that Schumer has trust issues from a lack of romantic experience outside of the bedroom. These kinds of issues bring the social significance of the starring character of this film to light. Schumer is a woman, yet she discusses her issues in a means that does not care much for societal female norms; in fact, this idea is what her humor is predicated on. The film gains significance through taking a risk of portraying a woman in this way, which takes away from the idealized image that men want to see in theaters. This kind of comedic value can prove to be influential for female actresses and comedians, proving that female normality and female beauty is getting redefined
With a combination of recognizable cameos, envelope-pushing dialogue that advances the film and award winning team members like Brie Larsson and Judd Apatow, Trainwreck is definitely a home run. Larsson takes an uncharacteristic, antagonistic role as Schumer's sister, and LeBron's impressive debut as an actor will have sports fans in hysteria. Themes of body positivity, free-thinking and workplace culture make this dialogue heavy rom-com an effortless watch.
Director Judd Apatow does a great job of showcasing modern romance in a humorous way. Schumer's script keeps it funny and shows the reality of modern romance. It is not all sunshine and romance, it is embarrassing, complicated and sometimes so awful that it is just funny. The film does a great job of adding comedic effects to otherwise difficult life situations. It also allows other young individuals dealing with the struggles of dating and the stresses it brings to have something to relate to. It allows them to not feel so alone in their situation. Amy shows them that their fears are not irrational, and that they should not feel embarrassed by them at all.
Even if you are not the biggest fan of Schumer, you must give her credit, this film is quite good. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and in the end it will leave you feeling good inside. Schumer may have struck out in other films, but she hit the sweet spot with this one. Amy's life may be a "Trainwreck", but in the end the movie shows what it is to be real. Apatow and Schumer have made rom-coms relatable to the general public, something many other films have failed to do.
Well, I know what happened - Judd Apatow, who completely destroyed an entire genre, followed closely by Wiig's Bridesmaids, which was about as unfunny and unromantic as it gets, save 'Knocked Up', which was my idea of a horror movie. Seth Rogan as a romantic lead? UGH. Just. UGH.
Bill Hader isn't much better. Can they please call these something besides romantic comedies? Some of us would actually prefer something that isn't a heap of unwatchable Apatow trash.