Movie Review: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow invigorate the rom-com with Trainwreck

High expectations have not been a part of the romantic comedy game for some time, but that’s exactly what Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck faces—at least from fans of its star and screenwriter’s (mostly) sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer. Schumer’s biggest fans may not be expecting a rom-com at all, but that is, more or less, what Trainwreck offers, albeit with much bigger laughs and more resonant emotion than the genre has seen in a while.

In keeping with her sketch-comedy tradition, Schumer plays another woman named Amy, this version living in New York, working at a magazine, and worrying about her cantankerous father Gordon (Colin Quinn), who has recently moved into an assisted-living facility. In the opening scene, Gordon advises a preteen Amy and her little sister Kim (well played as an adult by Brie Larson) that monogamy is a losing proposition …

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