Too often, women are defined by their relationships: daughter; mother; girlfriend; wife…and Amy Schumer in Trainwreck is no exception.
Prior to her relationship with successful sports doctor Aaron Conners, played by SNL’s Bill Hader, Amy (Schumer) is cast off as, well, a trainwreck. While professionally, she seems to find success as a journalist at a men’s magazine, Amy cannot seem to keep her personal life in any semblance of order. From her ailing father to her copious one-night-stands, Amy’s life is juxtaposed throughout the film by the seemingly perfect life of her sister, Kim (Brie Larson). Amy’s personal flaws seem to magnify after meeting Conners on a journalistic assignment. After a slew of unfortunate events, Amy realizes her lifestyle is not sustainable and puts a plan of action together to change her life for the better….with Conners at the center of it.
Several other reviews have harped on the pro-feminist ideology that Trainwreck supports, yet I question if we are really seeing a truly feminist romantic comedy — or if we simply see a strong, somewhat unconventional female lead. Although social commentary on our dating culture and Amy’s appearance, including her weight and the way she dresses, are discussed and often snubbed, Amy still acts within the traditional ‘rom-con’ parameters.
While I’ll fan-girl Schumer any day of the week, Amy is none the less defined by her ultimate relationship with Conners; and is portrayed as a better person because of him. Over the course of the film, Amy’s identity as a”trainwreck” evaporates as she morphs into society’s vision of what a “good woman” should be.
While pandering to Hollywood’s romantic-comedy schema, catering to the masses, and trying to turn a profit, Apatow and Schumer still managed to create a hilarious and witty film (that even my boyfriend, the rom-com hater, LOL’ed at) to add to the still-small collection of female-driven comedies.
Although not the ultimate glass(-ceiling) shattering feminist film some hoped for, this movie was none the less worth seeing. Schumer and Hader’s deadpan humor, sprinkled with cameos by Vanessa Bayer, LeBron James, Method Man, John Cena, and awkwardly, but incredibly fitting (and funny — who knew?) Tilda Swinton only added to the film’s charm.
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