By Matthew McKibben | February 12, 2015
There are few things greater than when two of your favorite entertainers unite to work on a project together. At this point, Judd Apatow’s filmography (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks, etc.) speaks for itself. He’s already one of the all-time great comedic directors, so I’m generally excited for any new movie he’s directing, but it’s especially fun when he works with relative newcomers. There are some really great comedic directors out there — Phil Lord/Christopher Miller and Todd Phillips come to mind — but Apatow is probably my overall favorite. Although his movies almost always run a little long for my taste, he has pretty much perfected his brand of heartfelt, raunchy, and subtly political/socially conscious movie.
Apatow has also been a great facilitator, giving up and coming comedians a chance at reaching a broader audience. Amy Schumer is beyond an “up and comer” at this point, but she’s someone who is definitely hovering right below the “household name” status. She is a very talented comic and she might finally be on the verge of both superstardom and true standup comic greatness (of the Chris Rock, Louie CK, Sarah Silverman variety). I was an early adopter of her feminist-meets-raunch-meets-sarcastic sensibilities and hope this movie continues to follow her current trajectory. Conceptually speaking, the subject matter of this movie looks like something we may have already seen before, but what sets movies/shows like this apart is the voice. This is quite the cast, too. Bill Hader is already kicking some ass, but it’s always good to see Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, and Colin Quinn too. And LeBron James is funny! Who knew? I’m pretty excited for this.
Oh, and here’s the Red Band Trailer too…
Trainwreck opens July 15, 2015, with Judd Apatow directing an Amy Schumer script, featuring the acting talents of Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Tilda Swinton, and Mike Birbiglia. And it is all courtesy of Universal Pictures.