Sound Off: Judd Apatow's New Film 'Trainwreck' - Your Thoughts?

July 18, 2015

Judd Apatow's Trainwreck

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.

Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!

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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  • Snev De la Fontaine
    I thought the title said "Judd Apatow's Latest Trainwreck".
    • Slazzom Blop
      Apatow is one of the most overrated directors in recent memory.
  • jimfromtoto
    Fucking hilarious.The movie is funny as hell. Amy Schumer kills. Tilda Swinton is also awesome.. did not even recognize her. Top notch movie making. Loved it. Oh and Lebron and John Cena are also great in it. Gonna see it again.
    • Nelson Beck
      Agreed on Tilda Swinton. Great satellite character and a great dramatic actress who usually makes me cringe when she's on screen made me laugh and forget all about her usual chilling roles.
    • doug
      Trainwreck is essentially about the visibility of Amy Schumer's breasts. There's no way that any male adult would pay to hear the sounds that she makes if it wasn't attached to that body. Amy has made a lot of money now...she can afford a bra.
  • this is 40 should have been called this is depressing
  • steve
    John Cena was hysterical in the movie, his argument in the movie theatre had me in tears
  • ari smulders
    is it just as funny as get hard and spy?
    • Tester
      Dammit ari, U need to capitalize !!
      • Snev De la Fontaine
        This is an intervention, ari. It's because we care about you(r credibility).
        • angel figueroa
          Stop being a dick to Ari and just tell him what he wants to hear lol
          • ari smulders
            right on!
          • Snev De la Fontaine
            I would tell you if I could. Sorry to disappoint.
        • ari smulders
          I don't care about credibility, I like what I like and have the balls to admit it! Prejudice is not my thing....
      • ari smulders
        Oké but now I still don't know if it's just as funny as Get hard and Spy?
    I know I don't live in the United States (anymore), but did the Studio like completely underplay this movie? I have relatively little about it. 0 Buzz.
  • Susan Forest-Rode
    Loved it. Very funny. Great chemistry between Schumer and Hader. Surprised at how good LaBron was. Laughed a lot but was surprised that there were some really sad parts as well. Well written and well acted. Highly recommend although it may be a bit raunchy for some people's taste.
  • PikeyOneil
    Film had it's typical Apatow moments.....which are well done, Schumer's writing was spot on.....could've/should've trimmed the running time on this film by about half an hour.....intervention scene should have been left on the cutting room floor...LeBron was stiff and has no acting chops whatsoever, nothing against him...he's not an actor. Should be on HBO/Cinemax by your bucks and see it then....if you don't have HBO/Cinemax your missing out BIG time :^D
    • Rock n Rollllll
      I agree. At one point, i asked myself "Jesus when is this gonna be over?". BUT.....i did lmao at many parts. Amy did a good job.
  • Drew Kerr
    "Trainwreck" (6 out of 10): Boy, I wanted to like this so much better than it was. I don't know why people worship Judd Apatow, when most of his films go on far longer than they should, and this is no exception -- it could have been at least 15 - 20 minutes shorter. The first half of the film is the best - Schumer's outrageous humor in high gear. Both athletes LeBron James and John Cena are marvelously funny in their roles. But with a limp subplot involving her father in an assisted living home (a horribly miscast Colin Quinn), and the meandering main plot absurdly stretched out and not that much to it, all led to a totally predictable rom com third act that seemed so untrue to Amy Schumer's DNA. The theater was dead quiet through much of it, including the last two minutes of the film, that's how anti-climatic it was. Best thing for Amy Schumer to do is ditch Judd Apatow, get a far sharper collaborator , and aim for something far higher and more consistent, and God knows, way, way tighter.
    • jimfromtoto
      a 6? Did you not realize it was a rom com? The whole movie was predictable but who gives a fuck. It was funny as shit. By the time the jokes run out all that is left is wanting to see them end up together. What else would you want to see? Have them not get together and then walk out feeling sad a fuck? A guy like Judd Apatow is a great paring for her because Amy would have been doing dick jokes right up to the end. You need someone to rein a girl like that in.
      • OfficialJab
        "wanting to see them end up together" Not only did I not care about this since their story didn't matter much to me any more (certainly by the absurd cheerleader scene) I actually wanted the opposite. I didn't really like Hader or his character and wasn't crazy about the movie's message that girls just need to stop being 'crazy' and get on the rails with everyone else for their hollywood endings or they'll never be happy. Especially when they showed her throwing out her booze and pot - what was the point? She was never portrayed as being destroyed by those things anyway. Why the very hasty 'getting clean' message on top of the already tired ending? I'd give their relationship a year.
      • doug
        I would want to see a movie that wasn't completely unfunny and in love with itself, like- any movie Judd Apatow has ever made.
  • backwardsprogress
    Something has got to be really wrong with me because I don't think Amy Schumer is funny to begin with. John Cena's part, funny. LeBron's part, funny although his acting was stiff. Tilda Swinton... holy crap! Normally you see an actor/actress and see their previous roles in their current role... not with her. Bleh... overall disappointed. I actually thought "This is 40" had parts that were far more funnier, but that's just me.
  • akatgal
    It was dreadful. A funny line here and there did not make up for the bad cast and d grade acting. We didn't stay to the end, we walked out. It was so bad it was painful to watch. Shame, you could see the potential.
    • Mike
      I've just walked out as well . Amy shummer is not funny . There were no likeable characters .
  • OfficialJab
    I wonder whose decision it was to make the dad story as prominent as it was. Her facial acting in the eulogy was outstanding and earned back everything I disliked about that subplot, including later when Amy had to tearfully apologize to her sister, but her sister never apologized for always slagging their dad and constantly trying to move him into a crummier home. Could argue that she was justified because he was being mean in earlier scenes and in their past, but then what was the point of the eulogy? They just sold us on him being likable despite his faults which I agreed with. Oh well. 6/10 since so many jokes and scenes petered out and stretched on for no reason, and my theater was uncomfortably quiet after many jokes.




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