No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those heâ€™s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those heâ€™s produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.
Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.
Since she was a little girl, itâ€™s been drilled into Amyâ€™s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isnâ€™t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credoâ€”enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitmentâ€”but in actuality, sheâ€™s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article sheâ€™s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.
The comedy, from a script written by Schumer, co-stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Apatow produces Trainwreck through his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, This Is 40). www.trainwreckmovie.com