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Judd Apatow isn’t for everyone. Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone. This “romantic comedy” is longer than 2 hours. Put all these things together and this movie could have been a disaster. So once the movie was over I was utterly surprised that my first thought was, “Wow, this might be the first and ONLY movie I’ve ever like of Judd Apatow’s.”

Trainwreck
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, John Cena, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller

Amy Schumer isn’t for everyone, but apparently she is for me. She has this great way of putting into words everything I’ve ever felt or thought and experienced but without any filter. No one’s life is perfect, but sometimes I can’t help but feel my life is just one really, really, REALLY long sitcom. And somehow Amy knows just how to put those feelings into hilarious, over-the-top, yet somehow relatable words.

To make a LOOONNG story short. Trainwreck is about a carefree and independent a woman named Amy. She has a successful job, an endless string of one night stands and no desire to change her ways according to the mantra her father instilled in her at a young age, “monogamy isn’t realistic.” Then one day Amy meets a guy, possibly THEE guy. He’s the guy who makes her want to change her ways even if it goes against everything instinct she had engrained in her.

Trainwreck is goofy, surprisingly touching, frustrating, endearing and funny. While it is in no way perfect, and emotionally it’s all over the place, any inconsistencies and odd moments are made up for in a fantastic sweet and satisfying ending. Good romantic comedies with great endings are really hard to find, but despite the fact that this is an Apatow movie, Trainwreck is the best I’ve seen in a while thanks to Amy Schumer (who also wrote the script.)

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

INSIDE OUT

Directed By: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Richard Kind, Katlin Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle Maclachlan

Inside Out

Inside Out is the kind of movie that you only dream about creating. It’s the stuff that you think about and dream about and imagine even if you can’t figure out how to put it into words or describe it to anyone else. It is the inside story about the emotions inside a person and how they effect and control their day to day life…inside.

Inside Out is the epitome of creativity. That being said, I wanted MORE.  The movie was beautiful, funny, and emotional, yes, but I just wished the emotional parts of the movie hit with even more of a punch. The movie was missing something. I wanted that feeling I felt when Carl lost his wife in Up, or when Andy played with his toys for one last time in Toy Story. I wanted to care about everyone just as much as I cared about Nemo finding his father, Mr. Incredible saving his family, or Wall-e saving Eva.

Inside Out was a great movie and I was blown away by its creativity. But it’s not a movie I would choose to see again and again and again.

Rating: 7/10 Stars


MAX

Directed By: Boaz Yakin
Starring: Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church, Jay Hernandez, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Robbie Amell

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As tear-jerky as Max was, it is depressing to say I wish it contained more tear inducing moments. For a movie about a war dog who’s suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after his owner is killed in war there were less heart felt moments and more unbelievable moments to amp up the drama. I love the part of the story dealing with the psychological ramnifications war can have on a dog. And I enjoyed watching Max and Justin bond especially over the loss of his brother. However, the B-story felt forced and way over the top. I just couldn’t get invested in the whole wasn’t completely terrible I was much gun smuggling/trading storyline that ending in a kidnapping/gun/dog fight. It was just all too much. Talk about drama, I want tears!

Rating: 4/10 stars

The To Do List
Directed By: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Gregg Clark, and Connie Britton

Premise: Set in the 1930’s, Brandy is a smart, over achieving college bound high school. While at a party she ruins her chance at getting with the boy of her dreams when she realizes she’s out of her depth in that department. Thus she does what she usually does when she finds herself in a new situation, she compiles a list, she does her homework, she does research, all leading up to the final exam: losing her virginity.

 

The To Do List was rude, crude, unsettling, uncomfortable, and pretty damn hilarious. Here’s my LIST of what I thought about The To Do List:

  • I liked that it was told from a female perspective. We’ve all seen 40 Year Old Virgin or stories about guys cashing in their V-Cards. But this is the first movie I’ve seen told by a female with a female as the main character as a comedy.
  • I didn’t like the ending. Maybe they thought they were being clever, maybe they thought it was a nice “twist”. But frankly, I hate cop out choices. Give me my Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Easy A, rom-com moment. But I guess that’s not the type of movie this was.
  • I loved that the lead approached sex like a school subject. It came off more as comical then after-school special.
  • I disliked the disgustingness of it all…those I guess in some of the cases it was well, realistic?
  • I liked that even though Brandy’s father was uptight, all he really wanted was to make sure his daughter was ok. Sometimes movies have a way of making parents too cool, they forget the parent part. As much as kids hate to admit it, the discipline helps.
  • I both liked and disliked that they made all the guys in this movie idiots. The one guy who had any redeeming qualities was a wimpy, sobby mess at the end of the movie. While it was nice to see a role reversal, I just wish there was a bit more substance to the characters.

Overall though this movie had it’s good points and bad points it was none the less an entertaining, funny, raunchy summer flick that will make you a little nostalgic. Plus Aubrey Plaza is a delight and Scott Porter has his shirt off a lot. One if not both of those should please you.

 

Rating: 3