*Contains mild spoilers*
“Monogamy isn’t realistic.”
The mantra a father has his two young daughters repeat after breaking the news to them that their mother and him are getting divorced. He explains the reason for divorce with a comical analogy between wanting to sleep around and playing with dolls. The words have a lasting impact on the eldest daughter who absolutely idolizes her father.
Fast forward 23 years later to an Amy Townsend that’s living life by her father’s words. She’s a commitment-phobic woman serial cheating (is serial cheating a thing?) on her protein-obsessed and obviously-gay-to-everyone-but-himself boyfriend, Steven (John Cena), with a whole lot of different fellas. She has sex with them and then, cuts all ties with them. She never stays to spoon afterward, or rather, she never stays at all! She has a strict rule not to sleep over at the guy’s house or allow him to sleep over at her’s. Her little sister, Kim (Brie Larson), is the exact opposite of her party girl sister. She’s happily married, and Amy likes to poke fun at her, Kim’s goofy, sweater-wearing husband, Tom (Mike Birbiglia), and her quirky stepson, Allister (Evan Brinkman). We realize right away Kim is most like their mother who passed sometime before while Amy is most like their “asshole” father, Gordon (Colin Quinn). He suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer care for himself, so the two sisters meet regularly to discuss his living situation and what should be done with his belongings.
While Amy is not partying it up, she is working as a journalist at a popular men’s magazine called S’nuff. They mostly turn out trashy, fluff pieces like, “Does garlic change the taste of men’s semen?” and ,”The Best Places to Masturbate at Work.”
While the writers are in a meeting, one of the other journalists pitches an article about the popular sports doctor, Aaron Connors (Bill Hader). Their boss, Dianna (Tilda Swinton), gives the assignment to Amy instead who argues that she couldn’t possibly write the article as she hates sports and knows absolutely nothing about them. Dianna doesn’t care, the decision is final, and Amy doesn’t want to argue further because she’s in for a possible promotion as editor.
They meet up to discuss schedules and you can tell that the two have immediate chemistry. Amy confesses she knows nothing about sports after unsuccessfully fibbing that she’s a sports fan, especially of the “Orlando Blooms”. Aaron is not the kind of character to put up with any bullshit, and he calls Amy out on her lies right from the start. He exhibits refreshing sincerity that’s almost innocent in nature. He’s a genuinely good guy and volunteers with “Doctors without borders”, or “Doctors with borders” as Amy jokes.
The two eventually go out for dinner and drinks and Amy takes the lead by inviting herself over to Aaron’s for some after dinner activities. But this time, Aaron actually talks her into staying the night. And they spoon afterward! But only for a few moments before Amy tells Aaron to give her some space and not to breathe on her or anywhere in her general direction because she’s a “light sleeper”.
The morning after, Amy freaks out to her best friend, Nikki (Vanessa Bayer), that she broke her rule about never sleeping over at a guy’s house. And she can’t just cut ties with him like she usually does because she has to finish this article about him. But was the sex bad? No, the sex was surprisingly really good and just thinking about it makes her smile a little and that’s really freaking her out!
Meanwhile Aaron is talking with his best friend, LeBron James, about Amy and what a good time he had. (Pause. Can I just say how fantastic LeBron James was in this movie? It was a… slam dunk for him. Ha. Ha. Okay, back to the article). Aaron calls her and asks to see her again which only causes Amy to freak out further. She doesn’t understand why he’d ever possibly want to spend more time with her. She doesn’t understand her feelings. She really seems to like this guy! But can she make it work? With her father’s words influencing her life, it’ll be difficult for her to change her ways.
What I really enjoyed inparticular about this movie was the sleeping-around-lifestyle from a woman’s POV without the character being villainized for it. I loved all the celebrity cameos like Matthew Broderick, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Marv Albert. I think all the actors did a wonderful job including the sports stars, John Cena and LeBron James.
Plus I just adore Bill Hader. I’ve always had a thing for him and he had me swooning throughout the whole film with his goofy, thick eyebrows and impressively wide range of facial expressions. Amy Schumer and him have ridiculously explosive chemistry and I hope I’ll see them starring in more movies together in the future.
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