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Trainwreck


Laugh out loud funny, screamingly adult and showing surprising depth, TRAINWRECK is a very strong film writing debut from comedienne Amy Schumer.

Amy and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) have grown up with divorced parents, lectured in an opening flashback of why monogamy will not and cannot work.

The sisters grow up in opposite directions, with Kim embracing the comfort of married life and children and Amy committed to mostly one night stands with a never ending parade of variety & conquests.

Her one steady boyfriend is Steven, hilariously played by muscle bound John Cena as a sensitive, reserved and a bit-too-in-touch-with-his-feminine-side partner.

Amy works at a modern and raunchy young mens magazine as a contributing writer, constantly confiding in her best friend Nikki (SNL's very funny Vanessa Bauer) and treading lightly near her intense, insensitive boss Dianna, played by a nearly unrecognizable Tilda Swinton.

Swinton is very funny and if you would have asked me who the actress was without me knowing its Swinton, I couldn't have guessed it was her for $1000. A bad fake tan, plenty of makeup and a long blonde wig change the typically androgynous Swinton into a very "Jersey" beauty.

Amy is assigned to do a story on emerging young sports physician Aaron, played endearingly by Bill Hader. Hader has his life together, works like a fiend, lives in a great Manhattan apartment and his best friend is Lebron James, who plays a very funny version of himself in a surprisingly witty and enjoyable performance.

Lebron's conversation on why Cleveland is just as good as Miami is damn funny.

As Amy falls for Aaron, she finds herself questioning her beliefs on marriage, sex, monogamy, drinking, smoking pot and friendships.

Schumer is a very funny performer and a much better actress than I expected, mining as many dramatic moments as she does funny ones.

The humor here is very adult, graphic and made me laugh a lot. Hader is the perfect foil, providing a rock solid half of the couple that we all end up rooting for Amy to recognize and grab.

As a writer, Schumer spreads the punch lines around, providing comedians like Colin Quinn and Dave Attell solid roles and taking the relationship on a realistic journey that doesn't follow traditional Hollywood love story conventions.

The film also shows a passion for New York City, weaving the island into the story as an equal character in a way I haven't seen since Woody Allen's "Manhattan", which fittingly gets a quick, funny visual tribute here.

Very funny and surprisingly touching, Trainwreck is anything but, and gets a B.

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