TRAIN­WRECK (MA15+)

MOSTLY STAYS ON THE RAILS, US, 125 MIN

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Amer­i­can com­edy su­per­star Amy Schumer has quickly made quite a name for her­self, push­ing a hy­per-provoca­tive brand of hu­mour that erases bound­aries as it crosses them. No sur­prise that a tran­si­tion to movies has hap­pened so fast. What does sur­prise about Train­wreck, how­ever, is how this gen­er­ally amus­ing af­fair plays down its star’s best as­sets as an in­cen­di­ary pres­ence. Schumer ap­plies a con­trolled vari­a­tion of her stand-up/TV per­sona to play Amy, a jour­nal­ist for a proudly sex­ist men’s mag­a­zine called S’Nuff. While on as­sign­ment to do a hatchet job on a mild-man­nered sports medico (Bill Hader), the hard-liv­ing Amy dis­cov­ers there is more to life than par­ties and one- night stands. Though some slug­gish pac­ing turns the mid­sec­tion of Train­wreck into a bit of a grind, it is Schumer’s chem­istry with Hader that keeps the right amount of laughs com­ing. The ster­ling work of an un­con­ven­tional sup­port cast (led by a very funny Tilda Swin­ton and bas­ket­ball leg­end LeBron James) is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated ei­ther.

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