It's cliche at this point to say that Judd Apatow movies run too long. It's actually becoming a joke unto themselves. "Hey, I'm going to see the new Apatow movie." "Oh yeah? Well, hopefully you took a nap before because it's a long one." Listen, no doubt the man has his place in modern American comedy. He's the reason for so many of the A-list comic actors that we have today. But really, he's only directed two really funny films. The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up are both arguably hilarious. But Funny People and This is 40 are both massive disapointments. Trainwreck was supposed to be his sign of hope. He handed the reigns of writing over to Amy Schumer entirely. It was a risky move and, sadly, it did not pan out.
Schumer is funny. Her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer is not only hilarious but doing important work addressing important issues, mostly around the treatment of women, and still managing to do it in a funny way. Because of that success, I can understand why Apatow would put so many eggs in her basket. I would expect a funny, smart, edgy, feminist romantic comedy from Schumer and what she ended up writing was a funny-ish, dumb, edgy, cliche romantic comedy. Not only is it unoriginal, it's exactly what we've seen hundreds of times. All that Schumer did was take every single element you'd see in every romantic comedy and simply swapped the sexes of the two leads. She couldn't have even made it from a woman's perspective because the woman in the film, played by Schumer, has all the cliche characteristics of the male lead in every romantic comedy.
Apatow is no help either. He leans so heavily on improv that lines make no sense and scenes go on too long. It's like he's being allowed to do whatever he wants without a single Hollywood producer saying "Hey, maybe you should end the scene five minutes earlier and cut out that whole segment that is 15 minutes long and a complete distraction from the story." And trust me, I don't like Hollywood creeps mucking with directors' films but in the case of Apatow, somebody has to do it since he doesn't have the "enough-is-enough" gene in his body. The other thing that he goes to again is casting wacky non-actors to catch us off guard. Wrestler John Cena and basketball star LeBron James both have big roles in the film. Sure, they both do great with what they have but it doesn't make any sense for the story and it's distracting.
The one thing that Trainwreck has going for it is a great performance from Colin Quinn (SNL, Grown-Ups). The comic does a decent performance as Schumer's ailing father who's suffering from M.S. Even though his storyline is completely unneeded for the plot, it is touching and certain scenes show that Schumer really has a wide range of acting ability. Bill Hader also stars as the role that is typically played by a woman and everything about his performance makes that abundantly clear. Hader is one of the funniest people to come out of SNL and kills it in almost everything he's in. Why you would waste that talent on a part that doesn't do anything funny in the entire movie, that's longer than two hours, is beyond me.
Don't get me wrong, Trainwreck has some scenes that are very funny. The scenes in-between, however, are irritating, unfunny, paint-by-number and dull. The movie is far from an actual trainwreck but it's also far from an actual success. Considering this is his fifth feature film and it's continuing the trend of dissapointment, I have to say that I'm no longer looking forward to Apatow projects. He seems like a good, ernest guy who cares deeply for comedy and social causes but it might appear that his best is behind him. I hope I'm wrong about that but I'm not holding much hope for his future.
Police in Stratford, Connecticut arrested an 81-year-old man on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, he was charged with public indecency, because he was allegedly "performing a sex act with some shrubbery."
As the story goes, the man was in his yard with the shrub. A neighbor videotaped the performance, called the man out, the man covered himself up with the top of a barbecue grill and went into his own house.
Here's hoping the barbecue grill wasn't in use at the time, otherwise we've got an entirely different weinie roast going on.
He was released on a $10,000 bond and has to return to court on August 5.
And according to the story, he didn't immediately return a call to the Associated Press.
"A huge break in the biggest aviation mystery in decades," says NBC News reporter Tom Costello.
Debris likely from an airplane has surfaced on Reunion Island, about 600 miles away from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.
Investigators from Boeing believe it's a fragment from a Boeing 777, and the only Boeing 777 currently missing in the world is Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which was lost over a year ago, presumably in the Indian Ocean.
Mystery solved? Not yet, say the experts, as there's still a lot of work to do. But it's the first solid clue they've had to work with since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard.