Judd Apatow, whether writing, directing, or both, is someone that, at the very least, lets you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, you probably know where you are when This Is 40 hits.

That may not be as straightforward once Trainwreck opens, Apatow’s next directing effort, which is written by, and stars, Amy Schumer.

The comedienne, and creator/star of Inside Amy Schumer is one of the funniest people working today, and those who are familiar with her work will know that this is the sort of story she ought to be able to knock out of the park… sort of.

Of course, the film may cause some people difficulty, when it comes to figuring out their expectations, because I love Amy Schumer, but I hate pretty much everything Judd Apatow has had any connection to.

It always makes me nervous when a poster makes a very vague statement about an uncertain connection to another film. If, for example, “the guy who brought you” Bridesmaids was a name it was unlikely anyone would remember, that might make sense. It’s also curious to note that, “From,” means “Directed by,” and, “brought you,” means, “produced.” But, they don’t just say Judd Apatow, a very familiar name by now, and you have to wonder why.

At any rate, the trailer certainly hints at a pretty funny movie, though I’m also a little concerned that it may oversell the premise.

Take a look, and let me know what you think about this one.

Trainwreck Movie Poster


No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he’s produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.

Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

The comedy, from a script written by Schumer, co-stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Apatow produces Trainwreck through his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, This Is 40).


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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.