‘Trainwreck’ no disaster

Film Review Trainwreck

Molly Congdon
Gazette Reporter

Two little girls are perched on the bumper of a car with their father standing before them attempting to explain that he and their mother are getting a divorce. The vague, semi-effective conversation quickly turns into the adorable blondes echoing their father’s words and chanting:

“Monogamy isn’t realistic.”

If that isn’t a moment of impact that will brainwash you and create a mess in the romantic category of life, I don’t know what is.

Two decades later, we get to witness the ramifications of that dogma.

This is the creed that Amy (Amy Schumer) has lived by her entire life; one that is free of strings, commitment and those pesky things we call feelings. She is a party girl who spends her days working for a sexist men’s magazine and her nights boozing to the brim, getting baked and consistently going home with a different man. That is, until she gets an unexpected assignment that gives her a glance at what could be. She is instructed by his crazy boss to write a profile on Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the most brilliant sports-medicine doctor, who treats athletes such as LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire … no big deal or anything. This situation becomes quite comical as we discover that Amy seriously knows absolutely nothing about sports.

In their first encounter, it’s all business, but the two quickly overstep professional boundaries and–much to the surprise of Amy–dive into a relationship. The rest of “Trainwreck” consists of the tug-of-war happening within Amy’s brain: run or remain.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Amy Schumer (I don’t know how you couldn’t be … but I digress), she literally has no filter. You’d know this if you’ve ever seen her on morning television, sometimes things just slip out. The truth is, though, she is an extremely likable actress. Her character is raw but supremely real and relatable.

This is unlike any other rom-com; there is just something about it that takes the genre to a different level. It’s not comparable to “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” or “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

It was a lovely change of pace, to be honest. You really need to see this movie; you won’t regret it.

The central questions through the film is: Should Amy hold strong to running away from monogamy or should she bravely jump into the uncharted of commitment?

It’s an uncertainty that we all must deal with at one point or another, if not with such extreme options as Amy faces.

Side-note: LeBron James is surprisingly good. (I know, I wouldn’t have predicted it either.)