Flashes of wit light up superior rom-com

Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures

Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Photo: PA Photo/Universal Pictures

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TRAINWRECK (15, 125 mins) - Comedy/Drama/Romance. Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena. Director: Judd Apatow

Award-winning actress and writer Amy Schumer raises her skirt to political correctness and gleefully flashes sexual inequality with this comedy that is far from the debacle promised by the title.

Directed at a lick by Judd Apatow, who temporarily lost his mojo after Knocked Up in 2007, Trainwreck is a hilarious and heart-warming portrait of modern womanhood.

In an uproarious two hours, Schumer is the butt of her own expertly targeted jokes, and generously shares sparkling one-liners around the excellent ensemble cast.

In particular, she creates a hysterical supporting role for Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton, as a monstrous magazine editor, who demands gung-ho headline-grabbing titillation, not gently worded, sentimental froth.

There’s a thin glaze of sweetness to pivotal moments between female characters in Schumer’s script and an emotionally raw scene at a funeral deftly tugs the heartstrings.

Yet, for its adherence to rom-com tropes, Trainwreck is laced with sufficient biting wit and self-effacement to drink The Hangover and its crude imitators under the table, and seal victory with a rousing belch.