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.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Trainwreck has a deeper message?
    Damn! I missed it.
    I could only get through 10 minutes and ‘off it went’ from my Plex server.
    ‘Not even worth pirating’ was my verdict.

    • Ouch!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Maybe it got better, but nobody that I know personally could get through that entire move, and most not past the first 10-15 minutes.

        • Clink9

          You guys can heap all the abuse you want at me. I deserve it for paying money at the theater and watching it with my wife.

          It was just raunchy without any humor. Well named movie.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Bit Torrent – the only rational alternative

          • kkruger71

            I usually like Hader, Aptow has some decent stuff, Quinn is usually pretty solid, and I really like Schumers TV show, so I was extremely disappointed in this movie. First thought after watching it and seeing Aptow and Schumer wrote it was “First thing tomorrow morning she should go give her TV writers a giant raise if this is the best she can do without them”. When, as the article correctly mentions, a pro wrestler can steal the first half of the movie, you know it’s in trouble. Frankly the only thing that kept him from stealing the whole thing was his character actually left at the halfway point.
            As for the whole “social commentary” thing the writer was going on about, it was so ham-fisted that it held no resonance.

          • dance…dancetotheradio


          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Dead Snow 2!
            Watch it, learn it, love it.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I posted my reaction to this film here some weeks ago. I made it through about half and hour before concluding that there was simply NOTHING to recommend this film.

  • Clausewitz

    I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is the movie “The Vow”.

  • adam

    Four Weddings was probably the best Rom-Com since about 1990.

  • adam

    My #2 best is Groundhog Day, which happens to be my favorite movie. Then comes Muriel’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Love Actually, and The Wedding Singer.

  • adam

    Among the best comedies are Best in Show; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Office Space; Clueless: Wayne’s World; Three O’Clock High; After Hours. In fact, pretty much anything with Griffin Dunne.

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