Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Trainwreck’ (2015)



It’s every dad’s dream that his little girl lovingly takes to heart the life lessons he drops like pearls. In Trainwreck, one daughter who embraced such messages years ago now finds herself on a bleak road trying to undo the sins of the father.

Directed by Judd Apatow, the movie starts as young Amy and sister Kim hear philandering Papa (Colin Quinn) extolling the benefits of a life of non-commitment and the unrealistic notion of monogamy. After all, he says, what if they had only one doll to play with for the rest of their lives, when new dolls come onto the market every year?

Fast forward a couple of decades. Kim (Brie Larson) has settled into a solid marriage and motherhood. Amy (Amy Schumer, who wrote the screenplay) does one-night stands with the likes of Steven (John Cena), a muscle-bound lug.

The game changes, however, when Amy, a writer for a trash-talk magazine run by Dianna (Tilda Swinton), is assigned a story about sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a nice guy who wins Amy over, in spite of herself.

The film easily navigates between Amy’s dueling archetypal dynamics. It’s a raging battle between Uranian freedom – her casual modus operandi – which inherently contains a slew of bossy Saturnine directives and regulations, such as how sex must be delivered and no-sleepover rules. “I’m fine, I’m in control,” she says, until Aaron somehow knocks the joy stick out of her hands. In its place lands Saturnine fear, which signals the upheaval associated with change.

Trainwreck’s message is it’s never to late to alter the foundation of one’s emotional life. The process is akin to swapping out ossifed, Saturn-ruled bones for a new skeletal framework. That Aaron’s profession is orthopedics is a nice touch.

Archetypes: Maturity. Boundaries. Commitment.

Astrology Archetype: ♄ (Saturn).

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