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TRAINWRECK

SYNOPSIS: Influenced by her serial womanizing father (Colin Quinn), Amy (Amy Schumer) is resigned to the fact that monogamy is not a realistic option, even though she is in a relationship with Steven (John Cena). Besides, she is a driven career-woman, writing for Snuff magazine, whose demanding editor in chief (Tilda Swinton) has no mercy. Now on her latest assignment writing an article about Aaron (Bill Hader), well known sports medico, Amy finds herself getting involved. Could this be love? And could it possibly work? Even though Aaron is concerned about Amy's string of former lovers and penchant to drink?

Review by Louise Keller:
Fresh and funny, Trainwreck steams into the station, bringing with it high energy, wit, all shades of humour and an endearing brashness common to the Judd Apatow brand of romcom. Her sizzling script shows us there's something vital about Amy Schumer's take on life and Schumer's delivery is spot on, the material offering every opportunity to display the wide range of her talents. Told in a distinctively subversive way, it's about life and love, work and play and the ups and downs - delivered with lashings of attitude.

Don't judge me; I'm a sexual girl, says Amy (Schumer) at the beginning of the film. We have already seen the paternal influences from her childhood - a hilarious opening sequence in which Amy's bad-tempered, alcoholic dad (Colin Quinn) delivers The Doll analogy to his two young daughters by way of explanation that 'monogamy isn't realistic' (one doll is never enough).

Amy's serial dating lifestyle is described in hilarious fashion, including scenes with big bouffy body builder John Cena as her sometimes 'regular' guy, who mistakenly thinks their relationship is exclusive. Then along comes Aaron (Bill Hader), medico to sports stars including basketball players LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire and the relationship takes off. What's refreshing is that it is the nuanced everyday problems that bring tension - like the numerous men in Amy's past and her drinking, while Aaron struggles to learn the word compromise. Schumer and Hader are wonderful together, never falling into stereotypes; every scene together filled with push - pull surprises.

An almost unrecognizable Tilda Swinton as the boss from hell - the demanding Snuff Magazine editor - is a real scene-stealer, steam-rolling everyone in her path. Work pressures, family tensions and managing a relationship form the plot points and there are frequent, fabulous throwaways - including cameos by Daniel Radcliff and Marisa Tomei in a movie called The Dog Walker.

Apatow clearly delights in the material and brings fresh perspectives throughout - big and small. This is one of his best films. The tone is perfect - even what might normally be considered to be in poor taste pays off. With another director and star, the climactic scene in Madison Square Gardens when the music tells the story might have turned out a bit syrupy, but here it adds another notch to the feel good baton. As for Schumer, she sparkles throughout in her chaotic, brutally honest and unselfconscious way.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TRAINWRECK (MA15+)
(US, 2015)

CAST: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson

PRODUCER: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

DIRECTOR: Judd Apatow

SCRIPT: Amy Schumer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jody Lee Lipes

EDITOR: William Kerr, Peck Prior, Paul Zucker

MUSIC: Jon Brion

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kevin Thompson

RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 6, 2015







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