Trainwreck: Story of My Life

I don’t go to the movies very often. I have a hard time justifying paying almost $15 for one, so it has to be something I am very excited to see, otherwise I’ll just wait for it to come to Netflix or RedBox. Usually I save that $15 for a superhero movie or something with Johnny Depp. If you read my post about Mad Max, you know I am not a huge fan of romantic comedies. My friend invited me to see Amy Schumer’s new film, Trainwreck. It’s Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, so of course it’s not your typical rom-com.

When we got to the theater, the 3:30 showing was sold out, so we had to buy tickets for 4:30 (I wrote about that experience here). The 4:30 showing ended up also selling out, so we were in a packed NYC theater. I spent nearly $15 for my ticket, stood outside in the heat for 40 minutes, and sat in an uncomfortably full movie theater just to watch this movie, and I would gladly do it all over again.

I won’t give away too much about the movie, but I will tell you a few things that stood out to me. It was surprisingly emotional. I cried several times (sometimes from laughing, but mostly because I’m a big baby). I’ve never seen Amy Schumer in anything serious, and her acting during serious scenes pleasantly surprised me. The movie also touched on social issues that we millenials take very seriously. In one scene, a nurse made a comment about being unable to treat his patient even though he was a doctor in his home country. Amy Schumer later states that gay people are simply people. The whole film centers around something that I personally relate to: a young, professional, single, female living in New York City.

My life is not quite as extreme as Amy’s, but the core of the plot is very similar to my life. I practically hyperventilate when people talk about getting married and having kids, my career is my primary focus, and I have always avoided getting seriously involved with anyone. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but there is a scene near the end of the movie when Amy reveals to her sister why she acts how she does – and I felt like I was listening to myself.

It was refreshing to watch a rom-com that wasn’t about a woman whose main concern was finding a man, and men can also appreciate the humor. If you’re looking for something to see at the movies soon, I highly recommend Trainwreck. You’ll basically be watching a toned-down version of my life. Minus the attractive doctor.