‘Trainwreck’ Review: Amy Schumer Shines, Judd Apatow Bounces Back

March 16, 2015 5:33 PM

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“Monogamy isn’t realistic” says a soon-to-be-divorced dad to his two pre-teen daughters in an early scene from Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.” Two decades later, those words have taken their toll on one of those erstwhile little girls — a tart-tongued, booze-swilling serial dater (writer-star Amy Schumer) whose love life is barreling downhill with ever-increasing velocity. She’s the screwed-up, screwball heroine at the center of a somewhat shaggy, frequently hilarious romantic comedy that, like much of Apatow’s best work, delicately balances irreverent raunch with candid insights into the give-and-take of grown-up relationships. The change in scenery (New York from L.A.) and gender emphases serves Apatow well, as does Schumer’s excitingly original comic voice, which should spell a critical and commercial rebound for the comedy impresario, following the mixed fortunes of his more sober, semi-autobiographical “Funny People” and “This Is 40.” The Universal release opens wide July 17 following its “work-in-progress” premiere at South By Southwest.

The persistent accusation that Apatow underserves his female characters has never really held water, given the smart, complex women played by Catherine Kenner in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and by Leslie Mann (the real-life Mrs. Apatow) in “Funny People” and “This Is 40.” Still, “Trainwreck” is the fir...

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