Why Amy Schumer Became the Ultimate Boss Lady with Trainwreck
By now, most of you have seen or heard of the movie Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Amy Schumer, the comedian, writer, and producer, is most known for starring in Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. But now Schumer is taking the big stage with the lead role in Trainwreck, which she herself wrote and co-directed.
Trainwreck centers around the character Amy, a writer for a men’s magazine and single twenty-something who takes New York City by storm. As the character gives us a brief overview of her life, she cuts and talks directly to the audience, saying, “Before you judge, you should know, I’m doing fine. My friends are awesome. My apartment’s sick and I have a great job at a men’s magazine.”
This romcom redefines the typical female heroine and proves that Amy Schumer is the new boss lady of comedy, film, and Hollywood. Schumer gives us a sarcastic, successful, and witty character with fierce confidence. Some may say “acts like a man” as Amy plays the field with various men (is there a word for a female womanizer? Man-eater? Manizer? We should work on this), while she chalks it up to her being independent.
Schumer’s character works so well for us because of her blunt honesty, mixed with dry sarcasm. At one point she says, “I’m just a modern chick who does what she wants. Last week, it was this guy.” Commitment-phobe to the core, the character Amy does not seek any type of commitment until she is faced with Aaron (Bill Hader).
Schumer makes you love and hate Amy at the same time. And that’s what works. The film romanticizes Amy’s party lifestyle in the beginning, but as the film unravels, we can see that Amy is a “trainwreck” before she even admits it to herself.
But Schumer reinforces that regardless of Amy’s messy life, the character of Amy is a boss. One of the main focuses of the film is progression in her career. The article she is supposed to write about Aaron (Bill Hader) would land her the coveted editor position. It is actually at the moment where Amy loses the opportunity to become editor that she reflects on the choices she is making.
So it wasn’t only the loss of a man that prompted the character to decide she wanted to change; it was the realization that she lost her career. Though it’s fair to admit this might not be a great loss since she wrote for a men’s magazine that objectifies women, it’s still nice to see a female lead decide to change for herself.
Schumer also ensures we identify with the character of Amy: she places her in present day New York, and captures what it’s like to be a single, ordinary twentysomething in 2015. We cringe as she dates idiots, maybe some that mirror some men we’ve dated before. When Amy and her co-worker freak out about Aaron intentionally reaching out, we laugh. We know the dating lifestyle with texting and calling these days, and the games some people can play.
When Amy is blunt and to-the-point about how much she thinks sports are worthless during her interview with Aaron, who is a sports doctor, we wish we had the balls to do that too. Amy shines, falls down, and manages to clean up her life. But once again it’s the attitude that comes through that shows us Amy Schumer’s comical genius. Schumer cleverly contradicts her character throughout the entire film, and gives us a cheesy, comical ending where Amy is trying to win Aaron back by pretending to be a cheerleader.
So is it like any other romcom? Somewhat, with our happy ending, and the evolved character of Amy. But what I think is so great and interesting about this film is the fact that Schumer takes the cliché male role in romcoms and flips it. Even though the layout of the film may be the same recipe for other romcoms, Schumer dominates theaters as she gives us her brass, priceless attitude, and brilliant confidence.
Her new type of heroine and the “I’m me, I don’t care what you think” attitude empowers young women. Schumer and the character of Amy are both unapologetic about being themselves. Which sends the message that we should do the same, and probably handle it in a less-trainwreck-y way. On top of this, Schumer takes us on a rollercoaster of laughs.
Even Jon Stewart thinks she’s hilarious, and rightly so, as he interviews her during his last week on the Daily Show. All of which proves that Amy Schumer is most definitely the new boss lady on the street.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY VAUGHN
As a Montclair State University graduate with a BA in English, my first love is writing, specifically nonfiction and short stories. International human rights and women’s rights are also strong passions of mine. I hope to someday be able to call myself Chief Editor, human rights advocate, and jewelry designer. I can’t live without Mad Men (er, Netflix), soy chai lattes, or my adorable Wheaten terrier, Pippin.