It’s the weekend, so it’s time to kick back, relax, and laugh. Even if you’ve already seen the hilarious Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, you haven’t seen this. We’ve got a collection of jokes and bloopers that didn’t make it into the film, and as with the movie itself, these are seriously NSFW, so consider yourself warned.
While we knew that Schumer wrote the movie, we had no idea how much she came up with on the spot. The collection of jokes shows how much improvisation was encouraged in making the movie. The first 25 seconds of the clip is the same scene, a dozen times over, with different one-liners from Schumer each time. Director Judd Apatow is known for promoting improv in his films, and this montage shows that Schumer, Bill Hader, and even Lebron James really got into stretching their comedic muscles.
While some of the clips were obviously cut because the cast couldn’t help but laugh, in most cases it’s just a bunch of comedians trying out different stuff to see what works the best. Odds are you’ll find a joke you actually prefer to what made it into the final film.
The successful R-rated comedy is a difficult beast to tame. We may only see a few in a year, if that, and Trainwreck appears to be 2015’s biggest entry. Studios love them because they tend to be cheap to make, and if success hits, the profit can be proportional to a special effects heavy blockbuster. They can also have legs. As word of mouth spreads that films like this are actually good, box office numbers have the potential to actually go up over time. The fact that Universal Pictures only posted this montage today, two weeks after the movie's’ release, shows that they see potential to draw new people, if not the same people a second time, into the theater.
There’s precedent for such a thing. The Farrelly Brothers' comedy There’s Something About Mary debuted in 11th place at the box office in 1998. Eight weeks later it reached number one, all because the few people who saw it first told all their friends it had to be seen. Trainwreck's only real direct competition, Vacation, opened to some fairly awful reviews overall, so Universal may see an opportunity to strike and make their film an even bigger hit than it already is.
Either way, if you find Amy Schumer funny, this is a great gift for a Friday afternoon. It’s the weekend, have a beer and a laugh. If you don't think she's funny, the bit with Lebron James trying to make Cleveland sound like it's Paris is worth waiting for.