Trainwreck is an upcoming film from Judd Apatow and comedian Amy Schumer. My very first review on Pop Insomniacs extolled the virtues of Schumer’s Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer that showcases the breadth of Amy Schumer’s comedic talents. The basis for a lot of Schumer’s material on the show is her hard drinking and promiscuous lifestyle with a heavy dose of confident self-effacement. She now brings her writing talents to the big screen where she plays an exaggerated version of herself, directly mining events from her life — John Cena spoofing her wrestler ex-boyfriend Dolph Ziggler, for example.
Schumer plays a woman also named Amy whose life is, you guessed it, a trainwreck. She is the queen of drunk one-night stands, but by her standards she is living life without monogamy and with an awesome job at a men’s health magazine and a “sick” apartment. When she is forced to cover a sports doctor performing surgery, she meets Aaron Connors (Bill Hader) who must run the gauntlet in trying to pursue the commitment-averse Amy.
Set in New York City, the film has a parade of stars including comedian Mike Birbiglia, basketball player LeBron James, and actress Brie Larsen who plays Amy’s sister. I have confidence in Judd Apatow’s ability to direct Schumer’s material and, if the trailer is any indication, the film should be just as funny as the sketches on Inside Amy Schumer.
Trainwreck opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.