director Judd Apatow
Comedies often make me feel like I’ve got no sense of humor. So on the whole I tend to avoid them.
But one or two a year get a lot of praise or hype and I feel more inclined toward them. Amy Schumer is having a big year. Frankly, I hadn’t known much of her before 2015 but she’s everywhere and she seems like a cool person. Schumer wrote the screenplay for Trainwreck and stars as “Amy,” the titular “hot mess” of a single modern woman, doing her thing in New York City, until she suddenly meets a nice guy and falls in love (for seemingly the first time in her life).
The thing is that most of the movie isn’t all that funny. There are a few laughs, a few moments. But beyond that, it’s not that sophisticated of a story, structurally. It doesn’t surprise or enlighten or anything. And in the hands of director Judd Apatow, it’s not like this is the inexperience of a first time screenplay. It’s just a shabby mess, populated with lots of unnecessary celebrity cameos.
Schumer is probably still the best thing about the film. But it would be so much better to see her put to better use in a film, by a filmmaker with a sense of telling a real story, giving her a real character (even if the character is still essentially her being her).
The movie itself isn’t a “trainwreck,” but it’s a seriously unfunny disappointment. And it has furthered my concern that I lack a funny bone.