In late 2012, my wife and I had received some news that put us in a depressed state. We came home and turned on the T.V., and there was a one-hour stand-up of a comedienne named Amy Schumer. Neither one of us had heard of her, but we stopped flipping channels. Within a minute, we were laughing to the point of tears. We forgot that we had received upsetting news, instantly put in a better mood. No one had ever made me laugh so hard. She instantly became our favorite funny person, male or female.
Within the past year or two, Schumer has skyrocketed to megastar success, and very deservedly so. I get excited every time I hear that she has won an award or has any recognition at all. When it was announced that not only was she going to star in a film, but she also wrote it, you can imagine the level of glee I felt. With "Trainwreck," not only does she exceed my expectations, but she further places herself farther up the list of megastars in Hollywood today.
In the film, Schumer plays Amy, a woman who has been afraid of commitment ever since her father informed her that "monogamy is not real" when she was a young girl. She currently works at a questionable, highly inappropriate men's magazine called "S'nuff," where topics like "Am I gay, or are you just boring?" are of interest to its readers. She is assigned to cover a story on Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a doctor who works specifically with athletics-related injuries. He is so successful and famous, one of his clients and close friends is Lebron James, playing himself here and displaying some real comedic chops in the process. Amy and Aaron hook up soon after they meet, but when Amy realizes that Aaron is in it for the long haul, her commitment issues come full force. Can she break her cycle of sleeping around with random guys without having a real relationship? Is Aaron the guy to help her with this?
There are so many great things about this movie. First, there is Amy Schumer. Perhaps I am biased because she's my favorite person doing stand-up these days, but she has a real presence on the big screen. She not only nails the funny parts, but she is even great with some dramatic moments within the film. I swear, she can do anything. Man, I love her.
Then there's Bill Hader, who is quickly becoming one of my favorites. With excellent voice work in "Inside Out" and a more toned down, yet still hilarious performance in this film, he is really having a great summer. Having just recently seen his more dramatic turn in "The Skeleton Twins," he is really demonstrating some fine acting chops. He has terrific chemistry with Schumer. In fact, I think it would be awesome if they hooked up in real life. They make a great couple.
What's neat about "Trainwreck" is how different it is from other romantic comedies. Typically, it is the man who is afraid of committing to anyone until he meets the ultimate girl and falls in love with her. Here, it is the complete opposite. I always appreciate a switch in formula, especially in a genre like romantic comedies where there are many films that follow the same basic plotline.
"Trainwreck" is the kind of movie that makes you smile, no matter what mood you are in. It will end up being one of those movies I can watch at any time. It's so great to see Amy Schumer gaining all of this recognition and fame. I hope she will continue to make comedic films and write the script. Her humor is truly unmatched.