Amy Schumer can do no wrong at the moment it seems. Her stand up comedy has hit the US by storm and her debut feature role in Judd Apatow’s new rom-com, Trainwreck, follows that trend.
Schumer plays the hard partying, sex-driven alcoholic Amy – usually the male role in such films, which makes Trainwreck all the more admirable.
Amy is a commitaphobe, more concerned about her career as a writer for men’s magazine, S’Nuff, until she is assigned an article based on sports medicine doctor, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).
Due to her approach towards the opposite sex, Amy manages to seduce the doctor in no time, but this time something is different.
The morning after, Amy struggles to come to terms with the discovery of these new things called “emotions”, whilst the love-struck Aaron is head over heels, calling after her, supported by client and best friend, Lebron James (playing himself).
The rest of the film is fairly inevitable, including an emotionally weak ending, but the refreshing trait to take away from Trainwreck is the role reversal of genders and their approach to the situation.
Schumer, who also helped co-write, is the main reason as to why this works as she is perfectly casted as the inappropriate Amy, paralleling her style of dark, gross-out stand-up comedy.
Apatow certainly owes a debt of gratitude to his female star, who has helped him regain some credibility after his tame directing efforts. Trainwreck can sit alongside the likes of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, rather than the forgettable This Is 40 and Funny People.
Much like Bridesmaids (which Apatow also helped produce), we see the wacky, sometimes outrageous behaviour coming from the female perspective, which is pleasing, and amusing to see, especially when Schumer is that lady in question.