Amy Schumer makes you laugh till it hurts. Proof is in her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, with its classic skits on Bill Cosby and whether Schumer is hot enough for TV. Proof positive is in her starring movie debut in Trainwreck. In the lead role and as screenwriter — with director Judd Apatow expertly harnessing her energy, not taming it — Schumer is a whole summer of comic fireworks wrapped in one ballsy package. Or is that sexist? Heads up, guys. Schumer’s assault on caveman attitudes hits like a kick in the nut sack.
She plays Amy Townsend, a writer for a men’s magazine run by an editor (a roaringly funny Tilda Swinton) fond of headlines like are you gay or is she just boring? Amy is sent to interview Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a sports-medicine doctor who tends the celeb likes of LeBron James (spoofing himself) and Amar’e Stoudemire.
The stage is set for love. But wait. Amy, with a mouth fueled by booze, weed and a neglectful dad (a tangy Colin Quinn), will usually do a guy and dump him. Aaron is less of a dude, though the excellent Hader, whose skill as an actor hits a new peak, gives him complications. These two don’t blend sweetly. Sweet is not how Schumer wants Trainwreck to go down. She wants to explode rom-com clichés and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done.