Trainwreck | Film review - Amy Schumer lets rip in a rude and raucous romcom

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As writer and star of raunchy romcom Trainwreck, American comedian Amy Schumer unleashes the drunken slut persona from her cable TV comedy sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, letting rip with a barrage of rude and raucous gags as her hard-partying New York singleton, a writer on a men’s magazine, tears through a series of riotous one-night stands.

Her boozy misadventures deliver some big laughs, but the film takes a surprisingly conventional and conservative turn when she begins dating Bill Hader’s successful sports doctor. Director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This Is 40) possibly steered Trainwreck into familiar romantic comedy territory, but Schumer’s taboo-busting gags still create quite a frisson.

Tilda Swinton, unrecognisable beneath an orange tan and flowing dirty-blonde wig, is hilarious as Schumer’s ruthless editor, and so is US basketball icon LeBron James, playing a droll, Downton Abbey-loving version of himself. Look out, too, for offbeat cameos from Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei in a black-and-white film within the film.

Certificate 15. Runtime 124 mins. Director Judd Apatow

Trainwreck is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


–UNRATED Version

–Deleted Scenes

–Gag Reel



–Deleted Scenes

–Gag Reel

–Extended Scenes


–Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport – The athletes of Trainwreck talk about their experiences under the direction of Judd Apatow

– Scences from The Dogwalker film with Daniel Radcliffe 

 – Behind The Scenes Featurette at the Trainwreck Comedy Tour featuring Amy Schumer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn, Dave Atell, Vanessa Bayer and Judd Apatow

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.