TRAINWRECK – A Surprisingly Smooth Ride

Trainwreck is like Knocked Up… but if you replaced Seth Rogen as the Reigning Loser of an Everyman Protagonist, with Amy Schumer as the Rising Queen of Losers. Both movies, like their stars, are hilariously and depressingly earnest. They remind us about what we love and hate about ourselves, what it’s like to be young, dumb, and selfish, and how hard it can be to grow up. And they’re both funny as hell.

The movie has a great cast, with great cameos, which turn into running gags, which turn into co-starring roles. (I really want to see The Dogwalker sub-movie in its entirety.) Like Knocked Up, fights with significant others are played simultaneously so true they’re funny and so true they’re sad. But they’re also so true that there’s a possibility to learn something from them. Judd Apatow films, at their most effective, both make us laugh and teach us to be the best version of ourselves. And Trainwreck is effective. Thank Amy Schumer’s willingness to let herself look bad for that.

It’s heartening to see so much rising proof that women have the same comedic capacity as men. Schumer is rapidly joining the ranks of likes of Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling, giving a humorous voice to the lives of everywomen everywhere. Keep it up, ladies. We need you.

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