For a man who is quoted on Starbucks bags and cups as asking people to be respectful to one another, Judd Apatow is disrespectful to the point of outright hatred for anyone he disagrees with. Of course you can guess that that lack of respect is aimed at conservatives, pro-lifers, Christians, you know, the usual targets for dirtbag liberals who ignore and or make excuses for radical Islam. The 40 Year-Old Virgin was a great film. This is 40 was a great film. Knocked Up was a horrible film, but these all have common themes throughout them that go against what Apatow believes. Those themes are very conservative and somewhat Christian tin nature. It’s hard to even desire to see a movie he is involved with because he hates people like me do specifically. All that to say, I still gave Trainwreck a shot and it’s mainly because I think Bill Hader is very good in everything he does. Does Apatow’s latest film show a positive look on the themes he so vocally hates personally or is this one that falls flat from first time screenwriter Amy Schumer?
Amy (Amy Schumer) is a woman that doesn’t want to get tied down by relationships but wants to have meaningless sex with anyone she deems worthy, all while drinking and smoking weed to over excess. While working at her magazine company, she is given the assignment to interview an up and coming sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader). What she didn’t expect was to actually start to fall for the doctor and she needs to come to terms that maybe she has been leading her life all wrong.
Before we delve into the story we’ll quickly go over the acting and feel of the film. As acting goes, Trainwreck has filled itself with some noteworthy performances and those mostly come from the supporting cast. Schumer is fine and shows how confident she is in comedy but her character is very hard to like for most of the film. Hader, not surprisingly, is one of the best parts of the film, giving a wonderful comedic performance that plays well off of everyone else who may share a scene with him. The three great surprises came from LeBron James, John Cena and Tilda Swinton. All three are surprisingly funny and keep up well with the rest of the cast which consists of mostly seasoned comedians. Collin Quinn rounds out the main cast and is a welcome addition to the film as its resident veteran comic. The film is bright, as most rom-coms are and flows nicely with hardly any boring down times that can sometimes hurt the genre.
For what it’s worth, Trainwreck is a paint by numbers rom-com that utilizes what has become the norm in today’s comedies of fairly uncomfortable scenes and everyone smoking pot. Does this story fit the conservative and Christian values Apatow has shown in his films before? To some extent yes. During the course of the film, it is shown that having a promiscuous lifestyle is harmful to the people doing it. Drinking and doing drugs is looked down upon. Family and marriage is seen as something that is not only positive but something the main character comes to respect and might even want for herself. In other words, once again, the guy who hates such ethical stances knows that to do the opposite, i.e. keep sleeping around, doing drugs and no big deal, isn’t going to make as much money.
It pains me to say that Apatows latest directorial effort is a success even though it is a by the book, been there done that rom-com. Its success has nothing to do with Apatow; it has to do with its writer and the cast, both of which carry the movie along on one funny and enjoyable experience. Lots of swearing here and not appropriate for lots of people.
3 stars out of 4