Trainwreck (2015) Film Review



I’ve been a fan of Judd Apatow’s comedies for years now.  While his movies are usually a huge “hit” or a disappointing “miss”, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Trainwreck.  I laughed numerous times and I was impressed by all of the great stars and cameos that were featured.

Before I begin speaking more about the film, I want to pay my respects to the two who lost their lives in Louisiana during the shooting in Louisiana during a screening of the film.  I respect Amy Schumer for responding to the open letter a Sandy Hook Survivor’s Daughter sent her concerning the shooting that occurred on July 23,2015.  The shooter casually walked into Grand 16, past the concession stand and into the theater where 20 minutes into the film, he opened fire.  He killed two and injured nine others before he shot and killed himself.  The letter by  Sarah Clements stated that she hopes Amy will “be a voice for our generation and for women” against gun violence.  Amy responded today by tweeting:


 I admire people who are seen in the public eye on a grand scale who use their popularity to do good things for others.

Now, back to the film, I had of course, heard of Amy Schumer being the rising comedic star, but me being the way I am, let the hype die down before allowing myself to watch anything that featured her; no award shows, nothing.  I am glad I watched this for my first “Amy experience”.   Her character is very relate-able and while some jokes made you do the har-har-har laugh, the majority of the film made me actually laugh out loud.


Bill Hader, who I LOVE- was his usual quirky self and while he was just a tad more serious in this role, I can’t imagine his character being played by anyone else.  LeBron James is not only good looking (ouff) but his role was one of my favorites in the film.  The film opened with Colin Quinn, who plays Amy’s father, and let’s face it, just hearing his voice alone can make me laugh. John Cena starring as Amy’s “boyfriend” if you want to even call it that, was a huge surprise for me and no matter what you think of him and his WWE career, I would almost bet money that his scenes will make you laugh.  It was nice to see him being actually funny and not the “ha ha, we’re laughing at you because you’re so cheesy and overly dramatic” kind of funny.


The short cameos with Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Method Man and Matthew Broderick were also fun to see, even for the short amount of time they were featured. The end of the film however, while it was cute, was a bit predictable and I was expecting it to continue on, even for just a few more minutes but no, it was over.  I thought they would have images etc during the credits to maybe show us what happened in the character’s lives later on,  or even just bloopers so we could have a better conclusion to it all but it also could’ve ended much worse.  Overall, it is a classic Judd Apatow comedy but Hader helps elevate it to one of my Top 5 Apatow films.

Have you seen it yet?  What were your favorite moments?


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