Written and starring stand-up comedienne Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, this film is a fine romantic comedy that, at times, has some depth. It’s not quite as funny as “Spy” and it’s about 15 minutes too long, but it’s still humorous enough to make it worth a trip to the BS.
The movie begins with a flashback from 23 years ago, with Amy’s parents splitting up. Her father, Gordon (Colin Quinn), gives Amy (played by Schumer) and her younger sister, Kim (Brie Larson), a LOL explanation as to why their parents are getting divorced. Her father’s bottom line “monogamy isn’t realistic.” Twenty three years later, their mother has died and Gordon is disabled, now a resident at an assisted living facility due to multiple sclerosis.
Kim is happily married with one son, but Amy, having identified with her father, is screwed up. She drinks too much, is relationship-phobic, and primarily has one night stands. Amy writes for a man’s magazine, “S’Nuff,” which has high-brow articles such as, “Can Garlic Improve the Taste of Cum?” Her Editor (a terrific Tilda Swinton) assigns Amy to write a piece about a brilliant orthopedist, Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), who operates on famous athletes, such as Lebron James and Amare Stoudemire.
Amy interviews Aaron for the article; they hit it off and start dating. Aaron is a well adjusted, emotionally-available and caring guy, but Amy is terrified of intimacy and is convinced that Aaron will break her heart if she allows herself to fall in love with him. Her ambivalence about intimacy and commitment is the main theme of the film, which is consistently funny, especially a scene involving an intervention for Aaron, (with Lebron James, Chris Evert, Marv Albert and Matthew Broderick), when Aaron becomes depressed after an ugly argument with Amy. You know where the plot is going, but the trip is still fun.
Schumer and Hader have terrific chemistry and they both can act. Whether you take the “express or local” to “Trainwreck,” you will enjoy the ride and leave the theater in a better mood than when you arrived.