MOSTLY STAYS ON THE RAILS, US, 125 MIN
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.