As writer and star of raunchy romcom Trainwreck, American comedian Amy Schumer unleashes the drunken slut persona from her cable TV comedy sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, letting rip with a barrage of rude and raucous gags as her hard-partying New York singleton, a writer on a men’s magazine, tears through a series of riotous one-night stands.
Her boozy misadventures deliver some big laughs, but the film takes a surprisingly conventional and conservative turn when she begins dating Bill Hader’s good-natured Aaron, the successful sports doctor she has been commissioned to profile for her magazine. Amy’s discomfort at the very idea of a relationship initially keeps us chuckling, but the film loses its bite when it becomes clear that an old-fashioned happy-ever-after ending is in store.
Arguably, the film has already displayed a loss of nerve by taking pains to explain Amy’s promiscuity with flashbacks to her childhood as the daughter of a hard-drinking, womanising father (Colin Quinn). ‘Monogamy isn’t realistic’ is the lesson he dins into his two daughters, but it’s Amy and not her straight-laced sister Kim (played by Room Oscar-winner Brie Larson) who takes his maxim to heart.
Tilda Swinton, unrecognisable beneath an orange tan and flowing dirty-blonde wig, is hilarious as Schumer’s ruthless editor, and so is US basketball icon LeBron James, playing a droll, Downton Abbey-loving version of himself. Look out, too, for droll cameos from Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei in a black-and-white film within the film.
Certificate 15. Runtime 125 mins. Director Judd Apatow
Trainwreck is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and debuts today on Sky Movies Premiere.