DVD review: Trainwreck

Trainwreck (MA) ★★★

TV comedian Amy Schumer wrote and stars in this Judd Apatow-directed comedy which, like many of his films, is uneven: sometimes amusing and observant but overlong; sometimes crude and occasionally trying for a seriousness that doesn’t always work.

Amy (Schumer) is a successful Manhattan writer at a men’s magazine whose love life, influenced by the cynicism of her father (Colin Quinn), is a series of casual flings. One day she’s assigned to interview nice guy sports surgeon Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) and despite her lack of knowledge or interest in athletics, something sparks and their relationship becomes more than professional. However, can they overcome their differences and the problems in her personal life to find happiness?

If you can swallow the idea that Aaron would find Amy so appealing – that’s rom-coms, I suppose – then you’re a long way towards enjoying this movie. It does have many bright touches, including Tilda Swinton as Amy’s appalling boss; LeBron James as “himself” and a strange movie-in-the-movie with a couple of surprise cameos.

Extras on the DVD include an extended version of the movie, deleted scenes, a gag reel and Line-o-Rama (i.e. deleted and alternative lines). The Blu-ray has more, including audio commentary and featurettes.

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