It’s been almost a month since Amy Schumer became a bona fide movie star thanks to her Judd Apatow produced feature Trainwreck. She was already a bona fide hero and fantasy BFF for ladies everywhere, and this movie just confirmed what we already knew: Amy Schumer is the bomb.
Trainwreck is fun, sexy, and it follows the well established Rom-Com arc: commitment-phobe meets smart, successful member of the opposite sex, falls in like, conflict ensues, couple splits up for a short time, couple misses each other, commitment-phobe makes a declaration of love, couple lives happily every after.
The only difference? It flips the usual gender roles on their head. Usually, women are portrayed as being obsessed with getting a man to commit. Men, on the other hand, are free spirits, Jay-Z like in their ideology: "99 problems but a bitch ain’t one".
In Trainwreck, Amy's character is the free spirit, and her love interest, Aaron, played by a delicious Bill Hader, is the one who craves commitment. While it is definitely fun to see an independent woman navigate her life without a man, the portrayal of women and relationships in this movie is far from perfect. The biggest problem: Amy is only truly happy when she’s finally in a committed relationship. It’s not like she has to struggle to find a suitable mate either. She’s pursued by a handsome, successful, emotionally mature, SPORTS DOCTOR, whose best friend is the actual Lebron James–not a typical narrative for real-world women but hey, it's hollywood! Although the details of the man characters romantic entanglement might have made our eyes roll at times, the family relationships in this movie were powerful and incredibly touching. The heart and soul of the film for us was Amy’s relationship with her father. Her unconditional love for her father was sweet and relatable for anybody who has a complicated relationship with their parents, so, everybody.
All in all, Trainwreck is a move in the right direction. It is refreshing to see shows and movies, like The Mindy Project and Girls, focusing on women who are accomplished, or trying to be, in their careers, who worry about men, but also about self-improvement and personal development.