This Is the 'Funniest Film of the Year'

Amy Schumer shines in surprisingly-conventional Trainwreck
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2015 9:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Amy Schumer's first feature film probably won't be her last. Critics seem to be big fans of Trainwreck, an R-rated flick about "Amy," a woman turned off by monogamy, though perhaps not for long. Alongside SNL alum Bill Hader and LeBron James, Schumer, who also wrote the flick, shines. Here's what critics are saying:

  • Trainwreck is a "very entertaining romantic comedy" that is both conventional and not, writes Ty Burr. It's certainly not revolutionary: Schumer's usual "daring is more subdued" for the big screen, but her performance still "serves as confirmation that a star is born," he writes at the Boston Globe. James is impressive, too, though Burr says the movie, at more than two hours, is a bit "padded."
  • Joe Williams at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch applauds the acting on all fronts. "Schumer is so scary-good in Trainwreck that it almost seems risky to speak her name," he writes. She "has the ball skills to be the next LeBron James," who, it turns out, is a "revelation" here. Then there's Tilda Swinton, who is "amazing" as Amy's boss. Overall, "this is a fully fleshed-out movie, the funniest of the year," Williams writes.

  • Rafer Guzman isn't as impressed. "Trainwreck doesn't flip the rom-com on its head but merely gives it an awkward shove" as a woman plays "the slovenly screw-up" rather than a man, he writes at Newsday. He thinks there are too many characters and failed jokes. More importantly, Hader "generates zero chemistry with Schumer." At least John Cena, who makes an early appearance, shows "solid comedic timing."
  • People lining up to see Schumer as "the subversive truth-teller, the feminist role model…are likely to be disappointed," writes Esther Breger at New Republic. "Their loss. Trainwreck is a surprisingly old-fashioned romantic comedy, the kind that rarely gets made anymore." You might not love her character at first, but "slowly, Schumer develops from parody-persona into an emotionally resonant character who managed to make me cry twice," she writes. But Swinton "almost steals the show."

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