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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

This is 40

Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris Dowd, Albert Brooks, Melissa McCarthy.

Premise: This is 40, is what happens after you get “Knocked Up.” It’s the story about Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) and their trials and tribulations as a married couple. It’s also proof that no matter how old you get, you can still have growing pains.

My Review: Let me just tell you this right now. I’m not a big Judd Apatow fan. I did not like Knocked Up and I’m still waiting for my $12 refund from Apatow for the monstrosity that was Funny People. The biggest thing that annoys me about him is the fact that his movies are marketed as comedies, when a lot of them not. Had I know Funny People wasn’t going to be funny, I would not have watched it. Had I known Five Year Engagement wasn’t going to be a comedy, I would haveprobably enjoyed it a lot more. The only thing of his, I absolutely adore is Anchorman, and thank goodness he didn’t direct that. But all that being said, I actually enjoyed This is 40 a lot more than I thought I would. Probably because, I was prepared to hate it.

I’m not that big of a Leslie Mann family. Honestly, I think her husband writes her characters as whiney and neurotic which comes off, well, annoying. Is that maybe because that’s just how she is in real life and he’s writing what he knows? Yes, Debbie is 40, but she still looks AMAZING. Those scenes where she’s lamenting over Desi’s (Megan Fox) body come off a bit unrealistic. Yes, Megan Fox has an amazing body, but I am pretty sure she is an alien (who gains only 10 pounds of baby weight?). However, I would KILL for a body like Debbie’s. I would love to look like her when I’m forty, but it would take a lot of work. For starter’s I’m Asian. But Mann has great chemistry with Rudd, who can always find a way to be charming, even when his character is dead wrong. Rudd is one of those guys who can dance like no one’s watching even though everyone is watching.

What I liked best about This is 40, was the fact that it was brutally honest, showing not just the happy shiny perks of being married with kids, but also the cold, harsh, reality of holding everything together even when you think you can’t. It shows the truth about loving someone so much sometimes you just want to kill them…loud and painfully. But most of all, it showed me that despite how scary it all seems. I can’t wait to have that.

 

Rating: 3 ½ stars.

 

PS: Stay for a hilarious blooper at the end!

PPS: Why does Leslie Mann look like Kate Beckinsdale in all the posters? Is it just me?

 

 

 

 

I was prepared to hate Bridesmaids. Most comedies I think look promising (I’m looking at you The Other Guys) turn out to be HORRIBLE. However, I was pleasantly survived with Bridesmaids. It made me laugh. A lot!

Bridesmaids

Starring: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Bryne, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm

Premise: Down in the dumps Annie (played by an utterly likeable, Kristin Wiig) is asked by her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), to be her Maid of Honor. But when Annie is introduced to Lillian’s other successful friends, her own troubles reflect brighter than ever. All this, plus the pressure to be the best MOH, and the feeling of losing her best friend, Annie slowly begins to unravel in comical ways.

My Review: Sometimes on SNL, Kristin Wiig is forced to play the same roles over and over again they can become redundant and a little bit annoying. However “Annie” was all of Kristin Wiig’s SNL characters morphed into a sympathetic, likeable woman you’d want to be friends with. And while most romantic comedies center around the main character finding love in order to be complete, I think a lot of what makes this movie successful is Annie’s relationship with her best friend Lillian, their struggle to remain when one friend’s life is drastically changing. Wiig’s chemistry with longtime friend, Rudolph, was what held the movie together. Their interactions (like the random girl talk at the café), or the final confrontation nearing the end of the movie, were real and relatable.

In fact, Annie is so relatable that when she finally lets loose all her pent up anger and frustration over the situation in a hilarious, over the top, disastrous way, you can’t help but say – Finally! When most movies attempt this, it just seems like a spoiled child causing a temper tantrum, but with this movie, you’re rooting for Annie and when she finally let’s go, you want to say, “Girl, it’s about damn time.”

Now, this wouldn’t be a Judd Apatow movie (I know he just produced it, but still counts), without the comedic pratfalls, gross-out humor, and crazy situations you can’t believe people could get themselves into. The supporting characters, particularly Rose Bryne and Melissa McCarthy, shined brightly. Chris O’Dowd was also a breath of fresh air as the lovable, bumbling, cop – Annie’s love interest. He was made much cuter with his Irish accent. (Irish Accents make everything better). This movie was able to balance humor, realistic characters, over-the-top situations and story, to make and entertaining and hilarious movie.

Little Details I liked:

  • Wilson Phillips – brought back some 80’s nostalgia.
  • The entire sequence Annie was trying to get her cops attention. Adorable and hilarious.
  • Watching Annie make those cupcakes – Fondant and all.
  • The fact that the airplane Marshall was Melissa McCarthy’s real husband.
  • When the women were naturally funny, as opposed to scripted funny. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it.
Overall, when you get right down to it, this movie made me laugh out loud, groan (the good kind), and really crave cupcakes. Plus you get a little romance, and pick up good tips for getting a cop’s attention.

Rating: It’s between 3 ½ stars and 4 stars. So let’s say 3 ¾ stars (out of 5)