‘Trainwreck’ rises and avoids cliché

Amy Schumer stars alongside Bill Hader in this modern romantic comedy. Schumer plays ‘Amy’, a non apologetic and heavy-drinking journalist at a men’s magazine. Her workplace is headed by a snob, egocentric and apathic woman portrayed by Tilda Swinton. Amy’s boss gives her the assignment of writing a portrait of Dr. Connors who is about to perform a surgery on a famous athlete. She is obligated to write that paper if she wants to increase her chances of getting a promotion.  Bill Hader plays ‘Aaron’, Amy’s main love interest. His character is a reknown surgeon, notably for pro athletes that also works with Doctors without borders. His best friend is famous basketball player LeBron James who gives a decent performance.

After seeing the trailer, it appears to be yet another raunchy comedy, in the likes of Bridesmaids or The Hangover, but as a romantic comedy. The titles forementionned come to mind having been box office smashes in the last few years in the R-rated comedy department. These movies share similarities, such as the crude humor and some allusion to sexual content. Although seeing the trailer doesn’t give light of the more dramatic or rather emotional undertone of the movie. Thus making the viewing of certain scenes positively surprising, when comparing them to Schumer’s sketches on Comedy Central which even though they sometimes tackle more serious themes such as double standards (Last F***able day), Amy is rarely (if ever) seen saddened or heartbroken. Indeed, knowing Amy Schumer’s work on Inside Amy Schumer and that she wrote Trainwreck upon watching it, I reckon her sarcastic and partly cynical tone does come through, albeit in an evolving manner that is not overbearing.

Amy finally grows up of her destructive ways and realizes that marriage or stable relationships aren’t necessarily synonyous with ball and chain. This growth makes Amy’s character a relatable person who is trying to navigate a newfound stable romantic relationship with Aaron following many years of not-so-great conquests. After a tumulteous relationship with her father, she learns that she is worthy of love and happiness.

I found the film to be a refreshing take on a romantic comedy. It turns the archetype of “the ladies’ man and bad boy that the perfect female lead changes” on its head. Bill Hader as Amy’s new boyfriend is endearing and stands out. His character Aaron is patient, caring, funny and especially down-to-earth. He meshes well with Amy’s dark humor and childish ways.  They clearly balance each other out. What I feel is the strong suit of Trainwreck is how Schumer and Hader are believable as a couple and have great chemistry. Contrarily to most of romantic comedies out there which draw superficial characters together by non-sensical circumstances and romances, this movie presents ordinary people with authentic interactions. Amy and Aaron grow fond of each other gradually; their connection has highs and lows ranging from work troubles to relationship and personal woes. They have a blossoming relationship coupled with lots of laughs and more serious matters.

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