Trainwreck an unusual rom-com

It’s generally accepted that the romantic comedy went into decline at some point in the ‘90s and hasn’t quite been itself since its final heyday, with films like When Harry Met Sally and Working Girl. If the genre has any life left in it, its saviour has come in the shape of writer/director Judd Apatow, whose innovation was to scour away most of the “chick flick” conventions – sassy girlfriends, marginal male characters, loads of sentiment and a soundtrack full of power ballads and inspirational R&B tracks – and replace them with plausibly male characterizations and the sort of crude humour more associated with the Hangover films.