There is a big problem with Trainwreck. For a comedy movie, it isn’t really that funny.
It was not just the ridiculous sexual innuendos which threw me off it. Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and co, while convincing as their characters, failed to spark anything more than a few giggles.
This is quite unusual; because director Judd Apatow has had success filling lacklustre movie plots- think The 40 Year Virgin and Knocked Up- with memorable characters.
We get introduced to Amy (Amy Schumer), a writer for a contemporary magazine. She has had commitment problems in relationships ever since her father told her monogamy isn’t realistic, shortly before divorcing. In the form of Steven (played by John Cena) she thinks she has found the right man. Somewhere along the tracks things don’t work out and Amy is left crying over spilt milk again. Between all this, Amy and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) are also packing their father’s Gordon’s memorabilia and move him into a new retirement village. Gordon’s relationship’s with his daughters is slightly strained. Although he had a few good one liners, they weren’t that memorable.
One day at work Amy is assigned by her boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) to write an article about a sports doctor. Uninterested by anything sports related, Amy begins working on the assignment and connects with the subject of the article: Dr Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). In the middle of their meeting, Lebron James walks in to collect his watch and there is a little bit of playful back and forth between him and Conners.
Anyways, you’ll probably know by now where I’m going with this. Amy and Aaron become a couple after bonding over dinner and spending the night at the doctor’s house, breaking Amy’s rule of not staying the night at a man’s house. Lebron is excited for his friend and draws parallels to his life, which aren’t really relevant.
Why does this movie lack? Well, simple. It relies too much on cameo apperances to keep your attention focused on the screen. Daniel Radcliffe appears as a dog walker in a movie. Lebron James pops up from time to time whenever the occasion suits him; and John Cena, well, he leaves nothing to the imagination in his role. The main characters stumble along, almost intentionally trying to find a way to make any situation awkward. While offering a few giggles, this got really old, really fast.
I didn’t particularly enjoy or understand the humour either. On multiple occasions the audience in the theatre were howling with laughter at the most ridiculous things. Either I lack a sense of humour or it just wasn’t the comedy it promoted itself as. The only laughs I enjoyed were from the cameo appearances above.
Amy and Aaron start to frustrate each other and there’s a big turning point about two thirds of the way into the 124 minute comedy. I’ll leave you to find out what it is.
I’ve had better days and greater laughs in the cinema.