Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is on the fastest of fast tracks.

click to enlarge Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in 'Trainwreck'
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in 'Trainwreck'

Amy Schumer is on the fastest of fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs to her own Comedy Central show (Inside Amy Schumer) look like a stroll across a barely traveled two-lane road. But I feared the “Amy Schumer” bubble might have been on the verge of bursting with the imminent arrival of her new film Trainwreck, directed by comedy guru Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, among a host of other movies that he has produced, written and/or directed). Apatow is a comedy Midas, so much so that it seems like he doesn’t even have to lay his hands directly on a project for it to take on a golden glimmer, but how long can his run last? All of these concerns barely register as speed bumps on Schumer’s path. Her character, named Amy, is likely a more polished and professional version of the “Amy Schumer” character from her stand-up or some of her Inside Amy Schumer bits, meaning Amy stands before us with backstory to flesh out her comic imperfections. Trainwreck is a flat-out riot, in terms of the romantic comedy elements. The whole cast sells the human relatability of the gags — especially the non-comic players like LeBron James and wrestler John Cena (who is hilarious in his early extended cameo as one of Amy’s lovers who hangs around longer than usual) — but Schumer shows a willingness to fearlessly venture beyond the comfort of easy laughs into real emotional territory. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Grade: A

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