I first heard of Amy Shumer when she decided to be a part of a celebrity roast (one hosted by my favourite guy Seth McFarlane) and I thought she was really crass. I soon forgot about her until I saw a trailer for Trainwreck which looked kinda funny.
Oh yeah, a new comedy on the map! Will it be witty, will it be funny, will it be breathtakingly sad like Love, Rosie and Jakie and Ryan?
So, I decided to prep myself by doing an Amy Shumer therapy by watching all the stand-up comedy videos I could find of her and it was funnnyyyy!! 🙂
This, combined with the ruckus she caused with the Star Wars Photo Shoot and the Disney Threats, I thought to myself, what could go wrong?
A lot, apparently.
We are subjected to the required introduction to explain the protagonist’s wishes to remain unattached. It’s most likely the first misstep for now there’s not much to discover in the development of the film. We know and see a disturbed and socially inept person who is unable to bond with a person of the opposite sex. Then she falls in love with this guy she’s interviewing and he is funny, he is quirky and she likes him and they sleep together.
Why are you breathing weird?
They get along well, they meet her parents, they go on other dates. However this movie has no warmth to it, no connection. Its meant to be a love story but there is no love. There is just something empty and superficial about the script and the acting.
I appreciate Schumer/Apatow’s attempts at grounded, human comedy. This doesn’t have to be as broad as say, “Spy”, which was way more funny and, I think, thematically much smarter. But if you’re going for grounded comedy then the characters have to be… well, interesting. And every single character in this is a one-dimensional shell. Each one has their role to play in the script and are nothing beyond that. The performances are strong, and the actors work hard to humanize their characters, but no person in this film is expansive or complex or terribly engaging or remotely unpredictable in any way. In fact, absolutely nothing is unpredictable in this film. So, for me, it comes off as not broad enough to be funny, and not genuine enough to be grounded.
Combine this overwhelming predictability, flat characterization and the sports-stunt casting with Apatow’s habit for long running times, and an uninspired, robot-written third act, and you get a film that’s more tedious than fun.
I was expecting this hilarious movie and *spoiler* her dad dies. Honestly I feel like some of the jokes are overused. The whole I’m a woman and I’m a slut! I have sex with a lot of guys! I’m vulgar! I make fun of myself!
Can girls come up with anything better? Not to mention the opening scene was cringe worthy. There were a lot of people in the theatre when I saw it and like no one was laughing. She needs to work on her acting or delivery. I was ready to leave literally after 45 minutes. She’s not as funny as I expected and definitely not as funny as stand-up. It’s a hard task carrying a 2h long movie. (2h!!). Oh and all the funny parts are basically in the trailer.
The other cameo/role is from John Cena, who plays Amy’s boyfriend at the start of the show. He is hilarious. I don’t want to spoil anything, but his small role alone is worth the price of admission. He had me cracking up as he climaxed when he admitted that from behind she looked “like a dude.”