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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), Trainwreckis "howlingly funny!" (Rolling Stone)
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In her first feature film, which she also wrote, she plays...uh...Amy, a writer for one of those magazines that focuses on sensationalism and out of mainstream stories. Her boss, Dianna, played by an unrecognizable, glammed up Tilda Swinton (see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Snowpiercer" for contrast), assigns her to write a story about an up and coming orthopedic surgeon (Bill Hader) who has developed new medical breakthroughs working with professional athletes. LaBron James is notable playing himself. I'm not sure anyone thought he would be a scene stealer, but he is. He's hilarious as he shows his softer, romantic side to his doctor buddy. Amy really doesn't want the job. She knows nothing about sports and in any case it might interfere with her promiscuous, one-night-stand persona.
In an opening flashback scene, her father (Colin Quinn) tells his two young daughters (Amy and Kim) that there is no future in monogamy, as his defense against an impending divorce. Brie Larson ("The Spectacular Now") plays the grown up Kim, who's married to Tom (Mike Birbiglia) and step mom to his son Allister (Evan Brinkman).
Amy practices what daddy preaches sending the bedroom studs on their way, once she is satisfied. I don't think it's any coincidence that all of the nudity is of the men, including Amy's kinda' boyfriend Steven (John Cena, also very funny), who may not realize that he's probably gay. During her one-night-stands, Amy brings out her best raunchy material but the film is filled with funny lines and gags. The audience I was part of laughed out loud from beginning to end. Well, there is a couple scenes where even Amy Schumer gets emotional and is able to pull it off.
Of course Amy does get serious with Aaron (Hader) and there are the usual conflicts. Yes, the formulaic rom-com, directed by Judd Apatow, doesn't cross boundaries or reinvent the genre, but the roles usually played by Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd or Jonah Hill are played by women. All of this wouldn't be enough if the jokes weren't there and the actors weren't capable of delivering, but they are and they do. Is it a perfect comedy? Well, as Apatow is known to do, the film runs long. A modestly funny scene with some well-known celebrities could have easily been cut. Still, this is the funniest film I've seen so far this year.
The movie starts with him using a metaphorical doll to show his two daughters why he is leaving their mother. They wouldn't want to have just one doll to play with for the rest of their lives, would they? ("No, Daddy.")
* Amy Schumer (Lots of TV) is Amy, a talented writer who lives on controlled substances and nerve; she works for a magazine that specializes in trashing reputations and printing vulgar articles. Her sex life is a revolving door and her happily married sister despairs.
* Brie Larson ("Don Jon") Kim is that sister, delighted when her stepson calls her "Mom."
* Colin Quinn ("Grown Ups") is their unrepentant father, Gordon.
* Bill Hader ("The Skeleton Twins") is Aaron, a sports medicine specialist who also participates in Doctors Without Borders as the need arises. He is an earnest, honest and decent fellow whose attraction to the socially unacceptable Amy bewilders me.
* Amar'e Stroudemire ("Beyond the Lights") once again playing himself, is the basketball player who is scheduled for a new knee. He's not sure Aaron feels well enough to perform the surgery.
* LeBron James ("More Than a Game") playing himself, is another high-profile patient. This basketball superstar is articulate, energetic, and very, very funny. He clearly has suffered the slings and arrows of lawsuits, and he warns Aaron, "No penetration without representation!"
* Tilda Swinton ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") is unrecognizable as the glamorous Dianna, editor of that nasty magazine where Amy works (we can see how this cold-blooded viper has set the tone!).
It was difficult for me to remain in the theater during the first half of this one. If I had not been promised that it was "really good!" I would not have stayed the course. It DID become involving and a bit soppy, so I felt the clichéd happy ending was just fine.
This was an R-rated romp with lots of awkward (simulated) sex, vulgar topics, drugs, alcohol and profanity. I DID enjoy Aaron's intervention which featured some of his name-brand patients: Marv Albert, Chris Evert, Matthew Broderick and LeBron James. That part was great fun! (Find the good and praise it!) YOYO (You're On Your Own).