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).
TRAINWRECKÂ arrives in theaters nationwide
On Friday, July 17, 2015