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The pairing of Judd Apatow with hilarious (and hilariously filthy) stand-up comedian Amy Schumer has us excited for the summer comedy Trainwreck. Mix in the presence of Bill Hader, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Quinn, John Cena and LeBron James, and our anticipation is through the roof. Well, the first trailer just dropped on Schumer’s Twitter feed, and you can get your first look right here:
From the looks of this first trailer, Amy Schumer is playing an arrested development adult who was taught at a very young age (by an irresponsible father) that monogamy doesn’t work. By the time she reaches her 30s, she’s bouncing from man to man on one-night stands that don’t lead to much. John Cena plays one of those random hook ups, and I didn’t think about it until I saw it, but yes. He totally does look like Mark Wahlberg, if Mark Wahlberg ate Mark Wahlberg.
The second-act turn of Trainwreck kicks in when Amy Schumer’s character, on assignment from her magazine, meets and starts to fall in love with a sports doctor (played by the irascible Bill Hader). If you are casting a romantic comedy, Schumer and Hader are unconventional in the most awesome way possible. They are both ridiculously funny, but charming enough to pull off the chemistry bits that are supposed to be in place for the "rom" part of the rom-com to work. After all, this doesn’t look that uncomfortable:
As usual, Judd Apatow fills his Trainwreck ensemble with an all-star roster of funny people – and even unexpectedly funny people, like Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. His Downton Abbey bit might be the funniest riff in the trailer, and we’re hearing he steals most of the film. Also, there were reports of countless celebrity cameos during the filming of Trainwreck which aren’t hinted at in the trailer, so kudos to Universal for keeping these under wraps.
Can Apatow keep this one lean and mean, though? His trouble, as of late, has been a lack of editing, which allowed good concepts like This is 40 and Funny People to overstay their welcome and bloat. Schumer can slice through some hysterical topics in Trainwreck, if Apatow figures out how to deliver a tight, funny 100-minute summer comedy. Trainwreck opens in theaters on July 17.