Last weekend, I saw Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck on opening day. Yes, Judd Apatow directed it, but Amy wrote, starred, and basically told her lifestory in the movie so it’s her movie in my opinion.
I rarely ever see a movie on its opening weekend unless there are dinosaurs in it, or it’s part of the Marvel franchise. Anything else I am contented to wait a bit for, or, at least until the crowds die down. So why did I want to see this movie so badly? Well for one, I love comedies—anything funny is probably going to get a “thumbs up” from me.
I even saw The Interview in theaters, at full price, the weekend it came out. Call it doing my “patriotic duty,” considering all that flack North Korea supposedly gave us about the film.
I grew up loving romantic comedies like any red-blooded American woman. Films such as When Harry Met Sally, Overboard and Joe Versus the Volcano were some of my favorites in the early 90’s. Going back to the 80’s you can’t beat Arthur for the perfect rom-com. I mean Dudley Moore as a millionaire drunk playboy who falls in love with Liza Minelli? I thought that was the funniest thing ever when I was like 7-years-old, and still do really.
Anyway back to Trainwreck.
Amy Schumer’s press team is on fire. She’s everywhere this summer! I don’t think she sleeps. Besides that, one big reason to see the film was that my hometown hero, and Cleveland’s favorite sports icon, LeBron James, has a big supporting role. While I was pretty ticked at the guy when he left for the Miami Heat a few years ago, now that he’s back, all is forgiven.
Honestly the scenes that LeBron was in were fantastic. He’s could easily pursue a movie career after he wins Cleveland a NBA championship, until then he can do these small supporting roles in the off-season.
The chemistry between Bill Hader who plays the lead guy in the film, and Amy, who plays herself, is electric. They are adorable together. I won’t ruin anything for you, but bring a couple of tissues for some touching moments that were definitely unexpected.
If you have ever seen Amy’s stand up, then you know she can be bold, raunchy, and a little over the top. The film manages to channel that, but without being too racy. My stepsons who are 13 and 15 want to see it, and it’s definitely fine for them. So if you are looking for a well rounded, funny, sweet film to go see this summer then don’t hesitate to see Trainwreck.