Trainwreck

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Amy Schumer's raunchy romcom is funny but uneven.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 122 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Plenty of eyebrow-raising behavior regarding hooking up and casual sex (as well as some homophobic jokes) -- and the main character has to change her ways/who she is in order to get the guy -- but the movie does promote the idea that you can surprise yourself in good ways, and redemption is possible, but forgiveness is key. And even if you're disappointed in your family, that doesn't mean you have to cut all ties with them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Amy may be a mess in her personal life (drinking too much, having lots of one-night stands, etc.), but she's also a devoted and forgiving daughter and fairly supportive sister. She's also willing, after some setbacks, to examine her own role in the messiness of her life. Aaron is generous, kind, forgiving, and a loyal friend. Some stereotyping, especially regarding women with children.

Violence

A few graphic surgery images.

Sex

Couples are shown naked (no genitals visible, but backsides shown) and appear to be having sex. The main character has a long history of hooking up/drunken one-night stands. Frequent frank, graphic discussions about sex and sexual positions. An adult woman finds out that the guy she's making out with (and about to have sex with) is only 16.

Language

Frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "c--kblocker," and more.

Consumerism

Lots of labels/products seen, including CrossFit, Grindr, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Ferrari, Nike, the New York Knicks, Instagram, Skinny Cow, Minecraft.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke weed, drink shots, and get drunk. Brief glimpses of cocaine, and in one scene, a teenager snorts something that he claims is Adderall off a woman's forehead.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trainwreck is an irreverent, raunchy romantic comedy starring Amy Schumer (and directed by Judd Apatow). Her edgy, no-holds-barred humor is on full display here, so you can expect plenty of raucous, risque jokes and dialogue about work, family, sex, drinking, relationships, and gender norms. Swearing is frequent and colorful ("f--k," "s--t," and lots more), there's simulated sex with some nudity (no full-frontal shots, but backsides are shown), and characters drink a lot and use drugs (weed, mostly, though cocaine makes an appearance). Schumer's character starts out the film as a boozy, hook-up-prone mess, but ultimately the film has a message of redemption and forgiveness.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byAppleNell July 29, 2015

Trainwreck: How Do I Hate Thee?

I’ve been holding back on this rant for a week now, but seeing “Trainwreck” certified fresh on the movie site Rotten Tomatoes has pushed me over the edge. Appar... Continue reading
Adult Written byjoop July 27, 2015

Disappointing show

The title says it all. This woman is a trainwreck. It's comedy but at a gut level, it's hard not to be truly disgusted at the behavior of this woman... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymovie loving teen July 17, 2015

Funniest Movie of 2015!

This movie is HILARIOUS! I'm a big fan of Amy Schumer as a comedian and now as a writer and actress. The story is somewhat formulaic and predictable but th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byczetterquist17 July 20, 2015

Disappointed with outcome, but was still laughing.

I love Amy Scshumer and Bill Hader, and when I found out that they were going to be starring in a movie together, I was very excited. When the trailer came out,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Amy (Amy Schumer) writes for a popular, bordering-on-misogynistic men's website, sleeps with whomever she wants, thinks her sister (Brie Larson) is dumb for being happily married and raising a stepson, and frequently drinks too much. Her racist father (Colin Quinn), who taught Amy and her sister that monogamy isn't sustainable, may be partly responsible for her outlook, but she thinks she's fine and that she doesn't need to commit to anyone. Enter Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the on-call physician for the New York Knicks, who wants nothing more than to be with Amy and love her. But Amy's not sure she's cut out for this life.

Is it any good?

Trainwreck is far from a train wreck, but the timing is a little off in parts, and some bits are too mean-spirited to be funny, keeping it from reaching its full potential. Nobody will argue that Amy Schumer isn't funny, and her bold brand of comedy takes center stage in TRAINWRECK -- for which viewers should be thankful, because she delivers full belly laughs and makes you think. That said, the film is also a surprisingly traditional romantic comedy, which is a bit of a letdown: In the end, the girl has to clean up her act to get the guy. And while no one will argue that the movie's early iteration of Amy is a bit of a mess (and frankly, in dire need of therapy), some of her power is muted when her ultimate goal appears to be what every romcom says it should be: living happily ever after with a suitable mate. (Also, what's the deal with making fun of women with kids -- a tired cliche in the singletons vs. moms "war" -- and children who aren't "Hollywood cool"?)

That said, there's a lot to like here, including Hader's Dr. Aaron (hooray for an unconventional leading man who's more interesting than the usual type). And basketball superstar LeBron James is clearly having fun with his role, though it's Tilda Swinton who truly nails the film's funniest bits. Who knew she was this hysterical? There are other great celebrity cameos, too. While the movie is good, not great, that doesn't change the fact that Schumer is head and shoulders above many of her comedic peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Trainwreck presents sex and relationships. Why is Amy so scared of commitment? Does having one-night stands keep her "safe"? Are there consequences for the way she approaches sex? How much sexual content in media is appropriate for kids and teens? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these subjects.

  • How are drinking and drug use portrayed in the movie? Are they glamorized? Are there realistic consequences?

  • How does the film address gender stereotypes? Does it undermine them or reinforce them -- or both? Do you think Schumer's humor is feminist or misogynist?

  • Why do Amy and her sister differ in the way they relate to their father? How has their father shaped each of them?

Movie details

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