July 17, 2015 - 6:23 am
At this point, griping that Judd Apatow‘s movies are at least 20 minutes too long and get weird and ugly in the middle is like complaining that there‘s too much blue in the sky or too much screaming on Bravo.
Some things just aren‘t going to change.
Still, the Apatow-directed "Trainwreck" is at least 20 minutes too long and gets weird and ugly in the middle.
Having said that, though, the Amy Schumer-scripted comedy is pretty hilarious. And many of those laughs are sports — or at least "sports entertainment" — related.
Schumer portrays a writer at S‘Nuff magazine — sample headline, "You‘re Not Gay, She‘s Boring" — who, despite her hatred of sports, is tasked with profiling rising sports surgeon Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). She cares so little about sports, but pretends to be a fan to impress him, that when he asks what her favorite teams are, she rattles off a series of ridiculous names, including the Cincinnati Thunder Wizards, the Long Island Mediums and the Orlando Blooms.
Tony Romo and Amar‘e Stoudemire get a few nice moments as themselves. And the WWE‘s John Cena, as one of Amy‘s boyfriends, is so over-the-top ridiculous, he nearly steals the entire movie.
But "Trainwreck‘s" real surprise is how likable LeBron James is, playing himself, as Aaron‘s best friend and relationship advisor. Whether he‘s playing a merciless game of one-on-one with Aaron or asking Amy how she feels about his buddy — "Do you hear his name when you listen to the wind?" — James gets plenty of opportunities in "Trainwreck" to prove he‘s a winner in yet another field.
Take a look at the video and see for yourself.