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Trainwreck (2015)

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Released:  Friday, July 17, 2015  
Length:  122 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Trainwreck is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Synopsis

No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he’s produce. No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he’s produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.

Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.d, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.

Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

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Trainwreck Blu-ray Review


Trainwreck - a movie about a person playing the field, finding love when they do not expect it, falling out of love, and then back in. With this description, Trainwreck sounds like your normal romantic comedy about a guy. However this story has a  has a twist. Imagine the description I just gave you was about a girl.

Thats right folks, Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), is the story about a girl who loves sex, drinks, and smokes pot (basically your female version of Zac Efron in Neighbors), who is assigned to write an article about a prominent sports physician, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader; Superbad). She finds herself falling head-over-heels for him. However, after a tragic event unfolds in her life, Amy pushes him away and abandons all hope of true love.

Director Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin; This is 40) skillfully directs Trainwreck, wich was written by Schumer based off her stand-up comedy, with ease. To Aptaow, this kind of film is considered "old hat", and caters to his style of directing. It is interesting to note that while Schumer was writing her screenplay, she actually tailored it fit Apatow's directing style so he would hopefully be interested in the film.

The two leads, played by Schumer and Hader, play very well off each over. Schumer is a delight to watch as she skillfully displays her dry sarcastic humor, as well as going through an emotional arc throughout the film. Hader, a veteran of Apatow films, does a great job portraying the love struck Dr. Conners, who's taken by Schumer's character. It is through the supporting cast of the film that most of the humor is found inTrainwreck. Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), who played Amy's sister, Kim, has a very interesting family dynamic of her own, Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) plays Amy's boss, Dianna, with such a mean spirit that you can't help but like her. Her cheating father, Gordon, (Colin Quinn; Saturday Night Live) plays a rough around the edges; say it like it is father. Meanwhile LeBron James proves he can act and perform comedy, as well being a basketball superstar.

Aside from the theatrical release of the film, the Blu-ray also contains an "unrated" version of Trainwreck which contains about six more minutes of the film. While these scenes added some more comedy to the film, it slowed down the pacing a little. Also included on the Blu-ray is the making of Trainwreck, deleted and alternate scenes, a 2-part gag reel, The Dogwalker parody film, "Line-O-Rama" alternate takes reel, Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport, and a commentary track by Apatow and Schumer.

The video, encoded in 1080p AVC, is on-par with most current Blu-ray release. The colors are vibrant and skin tones are spot on. There is a little amount of aliasing through the film, but not enough to detract from the picture. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track is a bit muted and really does not pack a punch. The dialog is easily heard through the center channel, but other than that, the soundtrack really doesn't have much to offer.

Trainwreck is a decent entry into the family of Judd Apatow comedies, and while the film does not really have rewatchability, it is a film with a lot of heart and showcases Amy Schumer's acting skills. If you're an adult who likes some crude adult humor with an underlining deeper story, then Trainwreck is a film you should at least watch once.

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