I think there is a general fear with putting yourself in a relationship as an adult. When you’re a teenager, the feeling of having a loved one is fantastic because this is the first time this burst of warm passion has hit. But like most, your eventually have to face heartbreak. I can say that I have had my heart broken when it was decided that my relationships weren’t going to work. It feels awful and you feel like the whole world hates you. Heartbreaks don’t even always come from a bad relationship. Sometimes it can come from a death or a loss of something. Or even for some, it’s simple denial.
What cures heartbreak is how someone goes from there. I find it best to stay out of another relationship for a bit to reexamine who I am; to get a good grasp on who I need to be. Some others also feel the need to place their emotions into a hobby. That’s not a bad choice as some of the best writers and artists had gotten to their fame through a broken heart. The one thing that broken people do that’s bad is to indulge and stay away from relationships all together; the kind of person that’s the subject of Trainwreck.
A young writer Amy (played by Amy Schumer) has no desire to live a boring life. Drilled by her alcoholic father that monogamy is unrealistic, she proudly sleeps around, and gets drunk and stoned without worrying about her effect and cause to those around her, including her sister Kim who has married and settled into the family role that Amy is disgusted by. The closest thing she has to a real relationship is that she is kind of dating a bodybuilder Steven (played by John Cena), even though she still sleeps around.
She’s forced by her editor boss Dianna (played by Tilda Swinton) to write an article on a sports doctor, despite Amy’s dislike for sports. She meets up with Dr. Aaron Conner (played by Bill Hader) and things go professionally for a bit until they sleep with each other. At first, she takes it as a mistake, but after chatting with her coworkers and Aaron, she decides to give the relationship a try. Meanwhile, she’s trying to keep her father in a nice nursing home while Kim would rather have him in a cheaper place.
Unlike a lot of people who have watched Comedy Central to get a general impression of Amy Schumer, I’m indifferent to her. I went into Trainwreck only knowing that she wrote the screenplay (I know that Judd Apatow directed it, but it feels different in tone), waiting for a laughfest. And that’s the problem; I simply did not find her material funny. I have nothing against a comedian who wants to push darker material, but most of it left me silent. Something about her delivery seems a bit too “half assed” and never fully seemed engaged in the material. I think I laughed at three of her jokes at the most.
Everyone else seemed to be ready to go. Bill Hader gets plenty of jokes, despite not playing the comedic character. Even the sports stars John Cena and LeBron James got a laugh out of me.
As far as story goes, I was in full support of this for a while. After her monologue of explanation of her lifestyle, I wanted to see where she went with it. Though boring, I stuck to the end to see where the relationship was going to end, and without spoiling anything, it sticks to romantic comedy clichés even though Schumer seems to be against those ideas.
I’ll give this two and a half Knicks tickets out of five. Trainwreck suffers from not being a bad idea or having bad players. I just found it boring. I will say though that as comedy is subjective, perhaps you’ll find Amy Schumer funnier then I did. I’d say watch her material on television first before your watch Trainwreck; you’ll get a good idea on whether or not your going to like her.