Trainwreck: The Gabbing Geek Threeway (Spoiler-Free Review)

Totally the droids she was looking for.
Totally the droids she was looking for.

Trainwreck is now open in theaters and all three of your Gabbing Geek podcasters have seen the movie.  Want to find out what they thought in our totally spoiler free threeway review that we won’t feel awkward about tomorrow and just never, ever, ever talk about again?  Then jump over the break to find out what we thought.

Ryan: I like Amy Schumer and think her show, like all sketch comedy shows, is hit and miss.  I hoped this movie would be more hit than miss.  Wow, was it ever.  I was blown away by this movie.  Everything about it worked.  Everything.  Schumer was fantastic, Hader was amazing, and scenes felt refreshing and shocking which is almost impossible to do for a romcom.  Not only was LaBron James hilarious but John Cena delivers his best performance since Fred 3: Camp Fred (yes, I have seen this movie many times because I have boys and Fred goes to Camp Iwannapeepee).  The only thing, and I mean only thing, that wasn’t funny in this movie?  Tony Romo.  To be fair, he threw in a couple of jokes but they were all intercepted.  Score: 9 out of 10 knee surgeries.

Jenny: I am ashamed to admit it, but this is the first time I’ve seen Amy Schumer in anything. Everyone has been telling me to watch her comedy sketches, and her TV series – and I guess I’ve just been too busy with required reading from the Podcast to give it a try. But after watching her movie Trainwreck, I now have the motivation to give Amy a fair chance. The movie was a great Rom-Com. It had it all, great punchlines, zingers, heartfelt story, embarrassing reality you identified with, you know – the works. There were times that I found myself laughing with the other women in the theater at jokes only we could understand – and I appreciate that. But this movie wasn’t just for the chick – it definitely swings towards the dicks as well. Yes – lots of dicks. That being said, it wasn’t overwhelmingly one sided one way or another. As much as I was pleasantly surprised with Amy’s acting ability, I was blown away by Bill Hader. I didn’t expect that at all. His depth and range of emotion was so surprising, that it actually made me love the movie more, because I believed him. Amy stayed the comedian, while Hader to me engulfed the character fully. It really was a nice surprise. All in all – if you’re looking for a good time, you don’t have to call 867-5309, just go see Trainwreck and thank me later. Score: 8 out of 10 glasses of luncheon wine.

Watson: Trainwreck was a huge surprise. It was, at the same time, a broad, sophomoric comedy AND an Indie Dramedy with real heart. Schumer and Hader had amazing chemistry and the whole movie clicked perfectly as a result. It was fascinating how this could zip from telling jokes about garlic altering the flavor of semen to a heart-breaking look at emotional baggage without feeling like it is two very different films.  This was Apatow’s best film to date.  I loved this movie.  So far, only Inside Out is a clear favorite to be ahead of this on my year end list.  Best scene: John Cena’s failed effort at dirty talk. Score: 9.5 out of 10 inappropriately timed “I Love You”s.

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Ryan Garcia

Father of two boys, husband, attorney for Dell (Social Media, Retail, Gaming), Broadway geek, comic book geek, science fiction geek, gadget geek.

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