Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) / 77% (Audience)
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Written By: Amy Schumer
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Tilda Swinton
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. – (Source)
I am not the biggest romantic comedy fan but I liked how Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow were able to imbue what was a pretty straightforward rom-com with just enough bite and off-color jokes to keep things from getting too hokey. And the funny/awkward chemistry that Schumer and Bill Hader showed heloed matters too.
I also really enjoyed three stand-out supporting performances from NBA star Lebron James, WWE wrestler John Cena and an almost unrecognizable Tilda Swinton. James and Cena were pleasant surprises and Swinton was just hilarious playing totally against type.
While the blue humor tempered some of the innate hokiness that one gets in a movie like this, it would be impossible to make a romantic comedy without some schmaltzy moments and the ones we got were just unbelievably cheesy.
I was disappointed that this film stuck to such a predictable path instead of coloring outside of the tired “bad girl meets good boy who changes her for the better” trope.
Final Verdict: A funny and raunchy film that features a slew of strong comedic performances but is at it’s core a pretty predictable and safe romantic comedy. Still it is definitely worth a viewing.
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I notice that only 77% of the audience liked the film as opposed to the 85% critical reception. This difference could be explained by the backlash Amy Schumer is receiving these days; a backlash that I, imho, find to be rather sudden and unfounded. Sheep will be sheep. Great review, Derek.
I really don’t get the sudden backlash towards Schumer. She is a raunchy very un-PC comic and always has been but all of a sudden people are noticing that she says offensive stuff? Besides its comedy…if it doesn’t offend somebody it is likely not very funny.
Exactly. Plus I kind of liked her in the slave Leia costume.
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