Before watching Trainwreck, I did not know who Amy Schumer was (though Jay assures me I have watched some of her standup). Now, after watching Trainwreck on Saturday, we are binge watching all three seasons of Inside Amy Schumer, her Comedy Central show. I feel like the fact we wanted to see more is a ringing endorsement of Ms. Schumer’s brand of comedy, and thus an endorsement of this movie. Because she carries this movie and she is more than up to the task.
She’s not alone though. There are lots of really good performances here. Especially LeBron James. Now as you may know, LeBron is on our shit list because he decided to skip last year’s Cleveland/OKC matchup that happened to be my birthday present (ironically because of a sore knee). So this praise is very grudgingly given, but his portrayal of himself is probably the second funniest character in the movie. I wish he had been given more screen time.
Also hilarious is John Cena as Amy’s sort-of boyfriend. His movie theatre confrontation is probably the funniest scene in the movie. There are certainly other funny parts but as Jay reminded me, Judd Apatow seems to focus on drawing out funny character stuff rather than trying to cram a scene full of laughs. And I think that works here.
The only thing that doesn’t work is Amy’s love for Bill Hader’s sports doctor. We never really see why he’s so awesome, which is a shame. Especially because it seems the reason we don’t see/feel the connection between the leads is that Bill Hader is so restrained. He seems to be actually acting, which I kind of feel bad criticizing him for. It’s not that he’s bad, not at all, but it feels off when John Cena and LeBron James are making me laugh more than Bill Hader.
That’s really my only complaint about the movie. Trainwreck is not quite great but it’s very good. It’s been an excellent summer movie season and this is one of the best comedies so far (right up there for me with Spy and Inside Out). That’s why Trainwreck gets a score of eight athlete cameos out of ten.