The new movie, “Trainwreck” is an outstanding psychological study regarding a reversal of the male and female roles. Amy Schumer plays the starring protagonist named Amy. Amy is a young woman who uses men for sex, wham-bam-thank you man.
The movie is interesting because of a rule she placed on herself. The rule is she never lets the guy she just made love with spend the night. The movie did an excellent job capturing the guy’s shock and hurt when they were asked to leave. The lovers awkwardly stand there for a moment, trying to comprehend what she exactly said. You can almost see their minds working as they realize they were nothing more than a few hours (or minutes) entertainment for Amy. For men and women to watch this role reversal so expertly played is an excellent lesson in understanding how feelings can hurt when there is a lack of compassion.
Amy does not want to get involved beyond sex with these men because she knows all relationships end up like a “trainwreck.” She takes great pains blocking her emotions and living her life to avoid the hurt sure to come from falling in love. Amy appears confident and strong. She does not let society deem her a slut because she is getting by with what men have gotten by with for years. However early on, you get hints that there is a hole in Amy’s heart that is filled while making love, but bleeds when she is not in someone’s arms.
Are you, or have you ever met a person like Amy? A person that tries to plan everything out so perfectly they can avoid a train wreck? If you have ever had this type of person in your life, they are usually controlling people. They panic when their lives get a little off track. They also miss out on the best part of life. They miss out on living. Living is being open to unplanned surprises that may cross your path when you least expect it.
This movie also deals with the issues of having a parent with dementia, family bonds, and of course falling in love. Many may think of this movie as a fluffy little comedy, but it is so much more. Once Amy takes the wall down that was preventing her from believing in love, she showed her true self. This film exposes how sharing your real self may lead you to look goofy and silly, but when you are authentic, you shine.
Bill Hader plays Aaron. Aaron is the man Amy finally allows to spend the entire night. He is also an excellent psychological study. He is tired of games and refuses to play them. In today’s world, so many people play games with the heart of another that it is refreshing to see someone portrayed who just puts it all out on the table. How much nicer our world would be if we could all communicate at that level.
The movie even teaches us about the homeless. Dave Attell plays Noam, the charming homeless man. He brings humor and wisdom to the film. The movie leads us to see the homeless as real people with feelings, laughter, and tears.
This film is about the train wrecks we all make in life, but it also shows how we can pick ourselves up and get back on track.