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Why We’re So Excited for Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck

by March 1, 2015
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Amy Schumer, known for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, is starring alongside Bill Hader in Trianwreck, a romantic comedy set to come out this summer. In the film, Amy lives a very commitment-free, no-strings attached life when it comes to dating. She works as a magazine writer who lives self-sufficiently and her life is changed when she meets someone worth slowing down for.

Trainwreck is a fresh take on the dating world from the eyes of a woman. Movies about young, independent men who are noncommittal are everywhere, yet movies about women who act the same way are much harder to find. Search no further, because Amy is finally bringing this very realistic character to life. Women-led movies are being made more and more lately, especially since Bridesmaids and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which is said to have a main cast entirely of females. It’s going to be inspiring to see Amy transition from TV to the big screen, where this kind of film is a brand of its own.

In the film, Amy does very well for herself and has a great group of friends. Even though she works at a men’s magazine, surprisingly her boss is a woman. Often times, movies with a female lead include a male boss, and instead of going with that trend, Trainwreck took a cue from The Devil Wears Prada and went with a go-getter who’s female. As we don’t often see women shown in leadership positions in film, I’m happy to see this portrayed.

But it’s Amy herself that makes this movie eye-catching. As an actress who was also the writer of the film, she ensures that her character is relatable, portraying what women actually think and feel. Like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, she uses feminist comedy to unapologetically express her experiences and engage with the audience. Just like these two women, Amy does an awesome job of taking real situations and making them funny.

When it comes to romantic comedies, we know that women often aren’t fairly represented. In Trainwreck, Amy pushes to break this mould, showing dating and relationships more of like they are rather than a fairytale version. It’s also refreshing to see that Amy has curves and that she’s quite the player regardless. Her role in this film is something to be proud of because she gives a voice to women that don’t look like those typically on movie posters.

Because of Amy’s humour and relatability, Trainwreck is definitely a must-see for the summer. Even if you can’t necessarily relate to Amy herself, you’ll be sure to find it movie enjoyable as a woman rooting for other women. It’s great to see an increasing number of feminist comedians who are changing content in the media, and Amy’s role in Trainwreck will definitely be a fresh addition.


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