Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Trainwreck ... Nympho finds love

 A COUPLE, Amy (Amy Schumer) and Dr Aaron (Bill Hader), are having an argument. Aaron says
that he cares that his girlfriend has slept with many men.
  Amy asks him how many women he's slept with.
  Aaron: Three
  Amy: I've slept with three women, too.

  I found this anecdote amusing in director Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, a romantic comedy about a woman unable to settle down but finally learning to settle down with a geeky surgeon.

    Apatow's films  -- such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This Is 40 -- show people going through changes in their lives but finally agreeing that marriage is the best thing for them. In This Is 40 (2012), which I saw recently, the married couple are going through harrowing moments but they buckle down and stay in their marriage.
    This is the first time I'm seeing Schumer in a film. She also wrote and co-produced Trainwreck. Her story about a sex-positive woman transforming into a domesticated person is expected in the story curve, but it would have been more interesting and more intriguing having her character stay the way she is, that is, having her cake and eating it, too.
  Reese Witherspoon's character in last year's Wild goes on a long trek to clear her mind about her mother's death, divorce, abortion and cheating on her ex-husband many times. However, near the end of the trek, she realises that she likes having sex with many people.
    In Amy's case, her fear of settling down was instilled in her from a young age by her dad, who was divorcing her mum. He drilled this statement, "Monogamy is unrealistic", into her and her sister.
  She grows up into a person who enjoys playing the field and never having a serious relationship. Her rule is to never have guys sleep over after a night of sex.
   She can even talk about sex with a female colleague while both are taking a dump in the toilet.
   Her sexuality is in contrast with her sister Kim (Brie Larson), who married a single dad and is expecting a child.
  Their father, meanwhile, is an obnoxious son of a gun who is moving into a nursing home.
  Wrestler John Cena plays Steven, one of Amy's many boyfriends, who, inexplicably, has a breakdown when he sees that his beloved's handphone is littered with the names of guys. He says his gym buddies tell him that she will play with his emotions.
  She tells him that she hooks up with other guys and encourages him to also date other women. This breaks Steven's heart.
  Amy, a magazine writer in New York, finds a nice, sweet surgeon to basketball players. LeBron James appears as himself, playing a miserly friend of the doctor, but who organises an intervention when things look lost for the good doctor.
   Trainwreck is a tale about a broken woman who has never experienced love. It's about a woman learning to appreciate marriage and motherhood, which is represented by her sister.
  Hollywood likes to keep things as status quo, that is, the idea that marriage is the ideal attainment for everyone. This film would have stirred up a hornet's nest if it had plugged the idea that Amy would have just been as content if she were to continue living her life as a nymphomaniac.
 
 out of 5 stars

 

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