637. Trainwreck

637-trainwreckBackground info

Title: Trainwreck
Director: Judd Apatow
Year: 2015
Run time: 2hrs 5m

“Since she was a little girl, Amy (Amy Schumer) has been taught that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. But when she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be onto something. From Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Superbad), Trainwreck is “howlingly funny.” (Rolling Stone)”

Live blog

1:37 – The doll metaphor has gone too far now, my brain is spinning!
5:43 – A walk of shame that includes a ferry is really bad.
7:28 – Which Johnny Depp you like is an interesting question.
10:59 – “Don’t sulk at me.”
20:49 – I never thought about the arguments that might happen in retirement homes.
23:29 – “Oh yea, I think I saw one of his soda commercials.” That’s so me.
26:04 – Bonus Radcliffe!
27:55 – Another advert not to go to the cinema!
31:45 – It’s not nice to be called not nice.
35:20 – Doctors WithOUT Borders – that’s the whole point.
37:21 – Argh, that’s the third biggest spoiler in cinema history!
41:19 – How can anyone’s name be Jennifer Jennifer?
44:49 – Can you hear someone sweat?
50:56 – “You’re going to get the check because you’re LeBron James.”
56:11 – Do they say raviolis like they say Legos?
1:09:30 – I love that, just a simple but totally disdainful “No.”
1:23:12 – I can’t say I ever really feel like wine at lunchtime.
1:42:17 – Aww, bless her still going back to the retirement home.
1:50:10 – “I’m exiting this hug.” God, I have to use that in future.

Conclusions

We’ve had this one on our list for a while, to see what all the fuss was about, and now it’s started to be nominated for awards, that made us all the more curious. I’ve been one of those that wondered where on earth this Schumacher lady came from, given that she’s suddenly everywhere, and this seemed to be the thing that kicked off her rise to fame.

I thought it was a solid rom-com, a bit more dramatic than I was expecting, and everyone did a great job with the roles they were given. I loved the cameos, LeBron, Broderick, even Chris Evert showing up! And there were so many references, so many pop-culture winks and nods, I’m sure I only picked up on 20% of them, and understood even fewer!

But, I wasn’t totally sold on the main character or her redemption story. I can’t really put my finger on why. I much preferred Bill Hader’s style of understated comedy in this one. Still, all of it was a mix of funny and moving, so no major complaints from me.

Rating: 3/5.

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