Flash Movie Review: Trainwreck

It was not until after the movie had ended that I saw this family of four walking down the steps of the theater. The parents with their 2 children, who looked approximately six to nine years old, must have been sitting somewhere behind me. Normally I do not pay much attention to the people around me at the movies but in this case there was a reason. This happened last week when I saw that horror film about a high school’s theater department putting on a play that caused a death the last time it was played at the school. As I watched the family exiting the theater I wondered why they chose to bring their kids to this movie; were they preparing those children for the horrors of high school or did they want them to grow up and be accountants by showing them what will happen if they go into the arts. It never ceases to amaze me what people do these days. I just wanted to go up and ask the parents what they were thinking. Did they not realize their young children may by learning by example? I know when I was that age I would follow along with what people were doing; though I will say, there were times I saw someone doing something and I would do the exact opposite thing. At the time I did not realize what determined my choice on whether I copied a person’s actions or repelled from them. I believe the main character in this movie had issues and did not have the best of role models to choose from.    AMY, played by Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer-TV), learned quite early that monogamy was a falacy; it was easier not to be committed to any one individual. However, not everyone thought the same way as Amy. This was my first exposure to this comedic force known as Amy Schumer. Besides starring in this comedy she was also credited for the writing of it and I have to tell you right away the language was pretty strong throughout this movie. With that being said, there were times I was laughing out loud in the theater besides tearing up a bit at other moments. Her timing was impeccable and along with fellow actors Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins, Saturday Night Live-TV) as Aaron Conners, Colin Quinn (Grown Ups franchise, Girls-TV) as Gordon and Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer) as Dianna; they all were strong with their characters. This was by no means a perfect film; there were some scenes that felt like a mini sitcom episode and a couple of easy to figure out parts. But with its combination of shock value, humor and LeBron James; I was fully committed to this wild story.


3 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 21, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. In my country, there are some age restrictions in order to protect children from harmful content and you know cinema cashiers are very strict about it. All information has censor rating for different ages. It’s +18 for Trainwreck. Didn’t +18 emerge on the screen before the movie?

  2. I liked the ant-man trailer. That’s my kind of diversion from reality. 🙂
    Trainwreck reminds me too much of my early 40’s. 🙂

  3. My husband is a huge fan of Amy Schumer, no doubt we’ll end up watching this one at some point!

  4. I have no familiarity with Schumer but I think I will pop this movie on my To See list.

    I consider myself pretty liberal when it comes to taking kids to see movies. Mine have seen the LOTR trilogy, The Hunger Games films and almost every superhero flick. However, there’s no way I would take them to see this movie or any other that explores adult relationships, had sexual content or strong language throughout. Nor do my kids get to see horror movies beyond the 1930s Classic universal monster movies. Horses for courses obviously and every parent makes different choices but my husband and I choose to forego seeing movies in the cinema because they are not appropriate for our kids to see.

    • Now this is what I call a responsible parent; good for you and your husband. Thanks for sharing.

      • Well I’m not sure about that since my kids have seen The Hunger Games but certainly we try to use our judgement about their access to adult content in movies. We also only let them view movie violence portrayed in obviously unreal contexts (superheroes, sci-fi and dystopias) but we are definitely more permissive when it comes to violence than sexual content or strong language.

        I guess the main thing is we think about it rather than just taking the kids along to any movie that we as adults wish to see. That’s why these days we need to wait for small screen availability.

      • It sounds like a nice balance.

  5. I think I’m going to like this one. I think a lot of the time it’s because they couldn’t afford or be arsed to arrange a sitter. I hear so many adults having adult conversations when their kids are around and they say “Oh, their too young to understand anyway, it’s fine” when their kids are around 6-9!

    • And it kills me when parents ask their kids where did they hear that word and more times than not it came from one of the parents. Enjoy this film, I cannot wait for you to see it.

  6. I watched this movie last night so I thought I would do my usual thing of popping back and re-reading your review. I have to say that I was really disappointed and underwhelmed by this movie perhaps because so many people had raved about it. I could not fault the performances as they were all strong (especially TIlda Swinton) and I definitely laughed out loud in places. However, there were too many places where the movie really dragged and whole sections that were just flat or seemed tonally at odds with the rest of the movie. I am also not sure about the message of the movie. Yes, the central character has a skewed view of relationships because of the attitudes and behaviours or her father but she was also depicted as being self-assured, socially gregarious, and in charge of her own sexuality – all positive attributes – but then that character was put through standard rom-com stages of development so that all her “rough edges” were worn down by – wouldn’t you just know it – the love of a decent man. Ugh. So it went from being a movie trying to side-step stereotypes to being one that totally embraced them.

    • Very good points Laura and I totally see where you are coming from. I focused more on the positive attributes I believe as I watched the film. Thank you for your comments.

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