Sound Off: Judd Apatow's New Film 'Trainwreck' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
July 18, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We all know one. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck, starring up-and-coming actress/comedian Amy Schumer as a girl who just can't settle down. That is until she meets a nice guy named Aaron, played by Bill Hader, a sports doctor she is profiling for work. The cast also includes Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, and LeBron James stealing the show. So how is it? Did you laugh your ass off? One of Apatow's best comedies, or not at all? If you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Apatow's Trainwreck.
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To fuel the fire, Judd Apatow's Trainwreck is a solid comedy but suffers from some of the same problems all of his comedies suffer from. Mainly that they're really funny in some spots, not at all funny in other spots, which is a result of the test screening process. What works with one audience doesn't work with another, and attempting to find a balanced average will always result in some jokes falling flat. That said, I enjoyed the overall story behind this as it was a fresh take on modern romantic comedies, with that twist that the girl just doesn't want to settle down. Though I will admit I never really felt any chemistry between the two stars - Bill Hader & Amy Schumer - more of an exercise in comedy than romance, one if its weakest elements.
Aside from Hader & Schumer as a couple, who are funny in their own right, the best part of of the movie is LeBron James. He pretty much steals every scene he's in, has the funniest lines, and occasionally actually has interesting things to say. In fact, I feel like he didn't get a proper ending - he had one final scene and was gone. That was it! Oh well. Also - I thought I noticed something, but that was actually Tilda Swinton as Dianna, Amy's boss, which is an incredible performance. Apatow has made another lengthy (too long) comedy that is filled up with an outstanding casting of supporting players, and a sweet story at its core, but in my opinion it isn't as memorable as his previous movies. I laughed the most when Marv Albert shows up.
What did you think of Judd Apatow's Trainwreck? His best comedy yet, or his worst one yet?
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