Release year: 2015
Director: Judd Apatow
Screenwriter: Amy Schumer
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Evan Brinkman, Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James
Ratings: 2 Golden Globes nominations: Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Amy Schumer).
A lecture from her dad on the impossibility of monogamy when she is quite little turns Amy (Amy Schumer) into a commitment-phobic woman, moving from one-night stand to one-night stand while despising the domestic life of her younger sister Kim (Brie Larson). When she is assigned to do a profile on sports doctor to the stars, Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy does what Amy does best and ends up in bed with him. Only Aaron doesn’t just let her go and then it even turns out he is a nice guy.
Apatow (Knocked Up, 2007) and stand-up comedian Schumer (Price Check, 2012) is a match made in heaven. With Apatow directing Schumer’s script he has created the finest film of his career so far and introduced the talented Schumer to a wider audience. Romantic comedies often have female leads differing between either someone pining for a man or someone in a power position acting much like a stereotypical man would do, and it is therefore refreshing that Schumer delivers a fresh approach to a female lead, and on top of that one who feels so real as her Amy does. Sexually selfish, quickwitted, fast-talking, swearing, and tough yet broken, vulnerable, afraid, and sweet, Amy is a complex character who, unlike what is usual for comedies, grows during the film, and with Schumer’s sharp dialogue watching that transformation is pure delight. After a comedic start where Amy’s sexual escapades is in focus, the movie moves into sweeter territory when she meets good guy Aaron. Played charmingly by Adaptow-regular Hader (Superbad, 2007), he is a down-to-earth everyday guy completely unaffected by his extraordinary life and in so many ways a perfect match for Amy. As the two of them get closer all Amy’s skeletons come tumbling out of the closet, which could lead to a frustrating watch, but Schumer handles it with care and conviction, making Amy a more and more likeable person who constantly has you on her side. It is a truly great and fresh approach to the genre, both funny as well as intimate, and it leaves us with tremendous promise of shining career for the amazing Schumer.
The character of Amy’s boss, Diane, was described as a ‘Tilda Swinton type’. Judd Apatow offered the part to Tilda Swinton who, as a fan of the director, happily accepted.
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