LeBron James Wants to Direct Trainwreck 2: Watch the Hilarious Video!

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Trainwreck’ review: Amy Schumer is funny, sexy and NSFW.

Trainwreck isn’t even in theaters until Friday, but LeBron James — who appears in the film as himself — already has some big plans for the sequel.Kansas native Bridget Everett, who describes her style as “punk-rock cabaret, last-call-getting-to-know-you,” says she “stumbled” into comedy. “I’m more of a cabaret performer and singer who happens to be funny,” she explains. “I still think of myself as primarily a singer.” Pals and supporters like Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow obviously think otherwise.

If you’ve seen “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy, you’re already aware that the movie nails its first big laugh — the sneezing-assassin joke — within moments of the opening credits. In this new video from Funny or Die, James cruises around his hometown of Akron, Ohio, with co-stars Amy Schumer (who also wrote the movie), Bill Hader and director Judd Apatow. Schumer regularly showcases Everett’s comedic talents on “Inside Amy Schumer,” and Apatow cast her in “Trainwreck” — “I play a drunk, horny suburbanite,” she reports proudly.

Everett first met Schumer at Just For Laughs four years ago, where they “hit it off immediately.” Now Everett, whose credits include “The Meltdown With Jonah & Kumail,” an episode of HBO’s “Girls” and a guest role on the Amy Poehler comedy “Difficult People,” is headlining “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder,” a one-hour special airing this month on Comedy Central. “It’s full-throttle cabaret with money notes and tits — and a couple bottles of Chardonnay,” she promises. Horovitz also performs in Everett’s backing band Tender Moments and helped write her show “Rock Bottom,” a sell-out at Joe’s Pub in NYC where she still performs every month. “It’s my home base,” she notes, “the perfect breeding ground for me.” Schumer has quickly built a career out of kinda-but-not-really confessions about her vices. (She even used to date a wrestler — although, hopefully a nicer one than this guy.) And in “Trainwreck” she digs into that persona again, playing a familiarly dirty, flirty screwup. To hype up James’s performance, Universal Pictures released this two minute, behind-the-scenes featurette that gives insight into “Trainwreck” and LeBron, along with commentary from Schumer, Apatow, and LeBron himself.

In some ways it’s a gender-switched version of director Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” That movie was about Seth Rogen turning responsible after a fateful hookup with Katherine Heigl; this one is about commitment-phobe Schumer getting serious about nice guy Bill Hader. In this movie, it’s the women who treat the morning-after call from a date as a weird, pushy intrusion; it’s the men who carefully parse every syllable to see if she really, really liked them.

Bill Hader is dependable fun as Schumer’s dream-date doctor, and this film has a wonderfully eclectic supporting cast from a very funny John Cena (who knew?) and nicely relaxed LeBron James to a sweetly tender Brie Larson and hysterically grumpy Colin Quinn. (And yes, that is Tilda Swinton under that wig as Schumer’s Ab-Fab-style editor and she’s simply gorge, sweetie baby, simply.) Deserves it, too. Schumer plays a fictionalized variation on herself, also named Amy, or more accurately a variation on the stand-up and “Inside Amy Schumer” Comedy Central personae that have carried Schumer to her current showbiz location. But Schumer began with years of serious theater training; she knows the difference between a routine and a scene, and some of her work — particularly in a teary salute to her father — is terrific. Her childhood established in quick, deft expositional strokes — divorced parents; deceased mother; unrepentant horndog father afflicted with multiple sclerosis — we travel forward with Schumer’s Amy to the present.

While there’s a movie-parody of an indie film that eats up time without delivering any jokes, there’s little of the very pointed feminist humor that marks her series. (In fact, the movie even ends on a fairly unliberated note – Amy tamed, and turned into her guy’s fantasy). But even if this is a movie aimed squarely at the “Superbad” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” territory, that’s a pretty hilarious area to revisit, and even if it’s not as gleefully provocative as Schumer’s TV show, just casting her in a picture like this, as a character like this, is a breakthrough. At any rate, she does not like her men to sleep over. (In one stand-up routine, Schumer joked that she slept in the position of a swastika, requiring the entire bed.) Our guide to Manhattan romance writes for a sub-Cosmo magazine called “S’Nuff,” edited by a ferociously egocentric boss played by a barely recognizable Tilda Swinton. The movie cooks up some conflict to divide these lovers for a while, around the two-thirds point, before Amy reckons with her more destructive and immature instincts.

The movie wouldn’t be much fun without them, of course. “Trainwreck” is all kinds of funny, and like any talent showcase worth its salt, the tone of the humor adjusts to suit the talents on screen. The climactic hookup scene, with Amy on the rebound with a magazine colleague, comes from a different film entirely. (Chris Rock’s “Top Five” had similar issues with its swings from dry observation to a meaner, homophobic brand of slapstick.) The laughs in “Trainwreck” may come with an apology (the character describes herself as “broken”), but you believe the character’s transformation by romantic love, chiefly because Schumer and Hader are wonderful together. In “Trainwreck,” when Amy is about to vomit while watching a surgical procedure from behind a glass wall, the bit is so carefully calibrated, and so aptly filmed in long shot, with precisely the right amount of fake puke, you think: These people know what they’re doing.

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