Trainwreck doesn’t have the teeth it promises, but is enjoyable nonetheless

Trainwreck¬†promises in its trailer a raunchy time that eschews traditional views of monogamy. As it turns out, the final product lands incredibly strongly on the pro-traditional-relationship spectrum of things, including hinting that kids are an essential part of any long-term relationship and essentially demanding that one character change entirely while letting the other¬†be perfect as-is. It’s a bit traitorous, but thankfully the movie is enjoyable enough, the leads have enough charisma, and it maintains enough of Schumer’s voice to still be worthwhile.

Really, the cast sells the movie. Schumer has screen presence and a complete and total lack of fear, and Hader is immensely likable. But the fringes are what counts here: off to a good start with a very funny John Cena, LeBron James turns out to be the MVP of extended celebrity cameos. He steals every scene he’s in, and his first big moment defending the beauty of Cleveland, Ohio is one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. Maybe the most important, though, is Brie Larson, who injects humanity into a normally annoying type of side character that allows its third-act turn to feel natural as opposed to overly calculated. I was expecting much more of a montage of one-night-stands kind of thing going in, but considering that a later scene involving a wacky hookup is perhaps the turning point for the worse for the film, maybe it was a good thing to avoid.The actual finale is godawful, its a bit too long, and many of the beats are very familiar to the Apatow canon, but its a fun and believable ride to get there.

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B-

Trainwreck (2015)
Dir. Judd Apatow
Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, and LeBron James
Rotten Tomatoes (85%)

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Trainwreck doesn’t have the teeth it promises, but is enjoyable nonetheless

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