Summer Movie Reviews: Now With 100% More Bad Rom-Coms

Trainwreck 2/5

Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I just thought I was getting a different movie from all the promo material I saw. Maybe I’m just too dumb to “appreciate the commentary on modern society” which is a thing apparently. But honestly, it just wasn’t that good.

For a movie that has two great funny people in the leads as Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, the laughs weren’t quite hitting. I guess the best way to describe it is that it is a dram-edy with some raunchy humour, occasionally.

The raunchy humour is honestly the best part because it lightens the mood in a movie that isn’t exactly heavy on the tone, but just seems dull so often. It seems that the funny things happen around the actors, versus with the actors. Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, LeBron James are all terrific. Maybe that is by design?

This movie could very literally be a PG-13 if it weren’t for the use of the f-word. It was honestly pretty by the numbers for large sections. “Oh no, I’m incapable of loving someone. Oh wait no I’m not.” The end.

It does end on a high. The movie does have some sincerely touching moments. But I just expected more. I wanted to come here and rave about the film, but I can’t.

It is easily stolen by two of the guest stars of the film. John Cena is terrific early in the movie. Comedy timing, delivery, body language, all of it. LeBron James is also magnetic on screen and steals the attention from the other actors to him.

It could be a decent date movie, or maybe you’re looking for something to kill the time if you don’t want to go for a blockbuster like Ant-Man or something truly funny and touching in Inside Out.


To come this summer/year:

  • Fantastic Four, August 7
  • Straight Outta Compton, August 14
  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 28
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18

Maybe to come this summer/year:

  • Pixels, July 24
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, July 31
  • Goosebumps, October 16