De­but goes off the rails

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

SOME­THING is lost along the way as stand-up comic, skit writer and com­edy ‘it’ girl of the year Amy Schumer pens her dis­ap­point­ing fea­ture film de­but.

In­flu­enced by her di­vorced fa­ther (Colin Quinn), com­mit­ment-phobe and party an­i­mal Amy (Schumer) leads a life of onenight stands, be­liev­ing that monogamy is not hu­manly pos­si­ble.

When she is tasked with in­ter­view­ing Aaron (Bill Hader), a sports doc­tor, for work, she be­gins to have feel­ings that she never thought pos­si­ble and the two be­gin a re­la­tion­ship; some­thing way out of her com­fort zone.

The overly fa­mil­iar ‘com­mit­ment-phobe set­tles down’ plot gets another work­out, only this time it is a sin­gle woman in her 30s do­ing the sleep­ing around, a re­fresh­ing twist.

But de­spite Schumer’s proven comedic abil­i­ties, she fails to bring a fresh in­sight into dat­ing, re­la­tion­ships or fear of com­mit­ment; her script sticks to a rou­tine path.

Her voice is some­how lost in the fea­ture-length for­mat; there is lit­tle here that we have not seen be­fore, ex­cept the time spent with some fam­ily-re­lated drama that may draw a tear or two.

The snappy, edgy com­edy in Schumer’s skits and stand-up doesn’t trans­late to fea­ture film length, par­tic­u­larly with Judd Apa­tow at the helm, who is no­to­ri­ous for out­stay­ing his welcome, with comedies run­ning no shorter than two hours.

Had he shaved about 20 min­utes off the run time, it would have been sharper.

Schumer has un­de­ni­able screen pres­ence and she is matched by the sweet Hader, al­ways watch­able Brie Lar­son as her set­tled-down sis­ter and a col­lec­tion of co-stars in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball player LeBron James, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Marisa Tomei in a hi­lar­i­ous mock-art house ro­mance film.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

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