BY MEGAN RUGE – STAFF WRITER
When you combine a comedian with a playwright what do you get? The answer to the question is simple — “Trainwreck.” The stroke of comedic genius film, written by Amy Schumer, may literally be called “Trainwreck” but is far from the disaster that comes with such a title. This not-so-average romantic comedy brings us the story of a woman whose unconventional love life takes a turn for the worse when she realizes she is actually falling in love. Amy Townsend is not your average working girl. By day, Townsend is a journalist working for a slander-filled magazine and trying to get a promotion. At night, Townsend constantly finds herself in a different cab with a different guy thinking “his place or mine.” For 23 years, her father has been telling her that monogamy is unrealistic and conditioning her to understand his way of life, which she eventually adopts as her own. Her commitment phobia and daddy issues define her until she is forced to write an article she has no interest in about a sports doctor, Aaron Conners, who may become her unlikely match. While finding something she never thought she would want, Townsend experiences personal tragedy and struggles to understand her sister, who has settled down and married. In the process of falling head over heels, Townsend begins to wonder if the adults in her life, including Dr. Connors, might actually be on to something.
“Trainwreck” is the romantic comedy of our generation, combining vulgarity and humor with a love story that will make your toes curl. The main character is relatable, and the story hides in it the idea that there is a time and place to grow up. It isn’t every day that a main character works a bad job, has a dirty mouth and is not looking for a relationship. Townsend is that main character, fearing the outcome of a relationship and shying away from the “L” word. With a humor all its own, “Trainwreck” incorporates the jokes people our age are commonly using. The idea of a leading lady so far from perfect allows women everywhere to laugh at their own shortcomings and sympathize with a character with as many flaws as a normal person.
It is safe to say that Schumer’s work can follow closely behind Tina Fey’s script “Mean Girls” as far as relatable classics go. Although made to illustrate the natural pecking order in which all high school girls fall, “Mean Girls” also alludes to the theme of imperfection. Fey’s script focuses on the idea that saying something bad about someone else shouldn’t make you feel good about yourself. Schumer’s script focuses on the fact that women should always feel good about themselves, and everyone is meant to have someone who makes their flaws feel obsolete. Schumer’s feminist ideas lend to her character and the idea that a woman can be okay on her own. Schumer’s film allows us to ponder the idea of a leading lady who doesn’t fall short of glory in the presence of a man but goes above and beyond to prove her worth to a man who may be lucky enough to encounter such a rare personality. A woman of Townsend’s caliber helps those of us experiencing similar situations relate to the character. Whether it is commitment issues, heart break, tragedy or good old family drama, Townsend is carrying it all on her shoulders.
It isn’t until she allows someone to break down her wall that she is able to let her anxiety subside and learn what it means to be a woman and be in love.
This well-made film allows us to get in touch with our inner go-getter and become a woman that would make somebody proud, even it that somebody is yourself. I give this unique take on romantic comedy 4 out of 5 stars.