Saturday, January 2, 2016

Trainwreck (2015)

IMDb plot summary: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Tilda Swinton.

I didn't actually realize this was directed by Apatow until the end credits, but it makes sense, because it definitely feels like an Apatow movie. For the first 2/3 of the movie, it's pretty good. It's funny, and Amy Schumer has an odd charm about her despite playing a terrible character, and Bill Hader serves as a good foil for her, and there's some good dialogue and some interesting plot development. The third act is where things fall apart somewhat, as the plot suddenly goes from light to sentimentally serious. It's an abrupt shift in tone, and the laughs in the last third of the movie are few and far between, while the dramatic dialogue would be right at home in a cheesy TV movie. The final couple minutes brings it (mostly) back home, but there's a long stretch in there where it feels like an entirely different movie has been shoehorned in, and it's not a good fit. It's too bad that such a large part of this movie is handled so awkwardly, because the rest of it was very enjoyable.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Trainwreck > The Fortune Cookie
Trainwreck < Eat Pray Love
Trainwreck < A Separation
Trainwreck < Short Circuit
Trainwreck > Walk the Line
Trainwreck < Ghostbusters II
Trainwreck < Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Trainwreck > Win Win
Trainwreck < 12 Monkeys
Trainwreck < George of the Jungle
Trainwreck > Snakes on a Plane
Final spot: #1116 out of 2407.

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