I know it’s not Amy Schumer’s job to be all things to all women. I know that.
We’ve grown to love Schumer for poking fun at sexism and being unapologetically flawed and human in her stand-up and her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer.
So a film seemed like the logical next step for the woman described by GQ as the “funniest, gutsiest comedian in America”.
She may have written Trainwreck, her new Judd Apatow-directed film, but Schumer is worth so much more than this rom-com.
Going in, what I wanted was a celebration of the anti-manic-pixie-dream-girl, the antithesis of the “cool girl”, coined by Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl – in other words, a real, live human.
At first, that’s what I got.
Schumer’s character in the film is Amy Townsend. Film-Amy is a sex-loving, weed-smoking boozer with a great job in New York as a writer for lad’s mag S’nuff (article: Does garlic make semen taste different?).
She’s also kind of a jerk. She cheats on the guy who wants to marry her, sneaks out of bed so she doesn’t have to spoon, and deliberately alienates her sister (Brie Larson), who loves her most. She makes endless fun of her sister’s small stepson. She’s complex.