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“Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer’s cinematic ode to funny, slutty, unapologetically human women, is a must-see.

Promotional poster for "Trainwreck."

Promotional poster for “Trainwreck. Courtesy of Universival Studios”

The film follows Amy Townsend, a booze-happy writer who kicks men out of her “sick” apartment before the morning light, as she interviews acclaimed sports doctor Aaron Conners, played by Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Skeleton Twins”), who happens to be the object of her first real affection.

It would be easy to chalk the film up as raunchy, but it’s also sweet, sad and occasionally, uncomfortably real. Townsend’s father, played by Colin Quinn, is a dying alcoholic whose infidelity and promiscuity are the catalyst for Townsend’s behavior and her sister’s bitterness.

At its core, the film is a comedy, and I was doubled over laughing along with the rest of the packed theater during scenes like when Amy feigns being asleep during sex or a montage of men leaving her apartment that  ends with an unfortunate early-morning sojourn on the Staten Island Ferry.

Schumer’s first foray on the big screen also tackles sex scenes with comedic, raw finesse, much like Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” which “Trainwreck” director Judd Apatow co-writes and co-produces.

At the beginning of “Trainwreck,” John Cena, better known for his WWE stardom than his acting chops, throws himself into his role as Steven, Townsends main muscular squeeze, and delivers some of the film’s funniest lines. Comedy Central sweetheart Dave Attell plays Noam, a homeless man with whom Townsend has a snarky rapport. Mike Birbiglia, a Georgetown University alumnus who got his start at the Improv Comedy Club, plays Townsend’s sweater-clad brother-in-law.

Schumer’s brand of cinematic feminism razes to the ground the stereotypes that are usually superglued to mainstream romantic comedies. On a walk through Central Park with her younger sister Kim, played by Brie Larson, Townsend hyperventilates at the thought of potential deal-breakers in her new-found relationship with Aaron, a guy she actually likes.

For example, jokes about tampons and menstrual cycles made me want to call Schumer on the phone – or at least tweet at her – and thank her for this fearless screenplay about real human girl stuff. As movie-goers, how long were we going to have to put up with Jonah Hill flicks filled with phallic jokes and references?

The movie isn’t perfect. Some hiccups include lines by her editor at S’Nuff magazine, Dianna, a painfully exaggerated version of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” and the scenes about her father’s death and funeral could use another edit.

“Trainwreck” also stumbles when it comes to jokes about race, though they seemed more like watered-down versions of “Inside Amy Schumer” commentary than genuine insensitivity.

Despite its imperfections, it’s a film that makes you laugh, makes you think and sheds an even brighter light on women-driven comedies – much like Schumer herself.

In the final scene, which involves the New York Knicks and a trampoline, Townsend admits to her doctor-boyfriend, “I am in terrible physical shape,” and he unabashedly, adorably agrees. Nobody is pretending she is anything but herself.

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Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 3:12 p.m.

Bencoolen takes first place at Capital Clash

Alternative band Bencoolen took first place Friday at Capital Clash, a music contest that invited students from GW, Georgetown University and American University to compete.

Bencoolen and Junyr of Purplex The Crew, a rap group, represented GW at the event hosted by Georgetown.

“I think there was so much good music today,” said Teddy Scott, Bencoolen’s guitarist. “Every band left me impressed.”

Video by Liz Zorn.

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Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:25 p.m.

Georgetown bulldog mascot booted from campus

J.J.’s predecessor, Jack, Sr., who retired from Georgetown University mascot duty in March 2012. Since 1999, live mascots have lived on the campus and made appearances at school events. Photo courtesy of Rob Pongsajapan under the Creative Commons License.

Every dog has his day, but one canine mascot’s is coming to an end.

Georgetown University’s would-be mascot, Jack Jr. the bulldog, will not return to the campus this fall after biting a child last year, The Hoya reported Wednesday.

Investigations into the dog’s behavior ensued after the child’s family filed a lawsuit. The university consulted administrators, animal specialists and student caretakers in evaluating Jack Jr., also known as J.J., and deemed the pup unfit for a campus environment.

Traditionally, the university’s mascot dog has lived on campus, cared for by a university staffer and 20 students walkers known as the “Jack Crew.” J.J. has lived on Georgetown’s grounds since April 2012.

In a university statement released Wednesday, Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh assured students that J.J.’s departure did not preclude future live mascots from residing on campus.

“We look forward to working with [caretakers] and members of our community as we make plans for our next live mascot,” Pugh wrote, adding, “The tradition of a bulldog mascot at Georgetown is a cherished one, and it will continue.”

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Students who stole the hands of the clock tower on Georgetown University's iconic Healy Hall are asking for the school's five-month-old bulldog in return. Photo courtesy of Patrickneil under Creative Commons License

After the hands of the clock that sits atop Georgetown University’s Healy Hall went missing last week, the supposed thieves are demanding a trade.

The proposed swap? Hands for paws.

The price for the safe return of the clock hands is Georgetown’s mascot-in-training, a five-month-old bulldog, according to a poem posted Thursday to, signed by “Reaper, Goliath and Juliet” – the capers’ pseudonyms.

“We’ll give you a ‘hand’ if you’re willing to trade
/ for a campus celebrity who has recently made
/ quite the build up for just a little pup,” the poem read.

The bulldog – named Jack Jr. – came to Georgetown last month, prepping to take over as the Hoyas’ sixth mascot after Jack the Bulldog injured his left leg.

The Georgetown campus was abuzz last week after the clock hands were taken April 30. The university is investigating who stole the clock hands, according to the student newspaper The Hoya.

Reaper, Goliath and Juliet had also e-mailed Georgetown’s student magazine The Voice on Wednesday claiming to send the clock hands “to Vatican City to receive the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI.”

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Sunday, May 2, 2010 1:53 p.m.

District Roundup-Week of April 26

Man vs. drunken college students

This week the story behind the blog was everywhere. The Washington Post interviewed the man behind the website, which features photos of people partying in his neighborhood near Georgetown University. Burleith resident Stephen R. Brown told the Post Tuesday “If the university would let me have a night’s sleep, I might take it down,” referring to his blog. The 62-year-old also told the Post he hoped negative publicity about Georgetown would hurt the university. Luckily for GW students,  there’s no GW version of the website.

Soda tax proposed

On Wednesday D.C. Council member Mary Cheh proposed a new tax on soda products sold in the District. Cheh, who represents Ward 3, wants a 1-cent tax per ounce on soda and other beverages to help fund the Healthy Schools Act, legislation that has already been approved by the D.C. Council and goes up for a final vote May 4. DCist has more details on the soda tax that will be voted on May 25.

Metro prepares for another fare increase

On Thursday, Metro’s Board of Directors met to discuss a fare increase coming this summer to make up for the $189 million operating budget deficit it faces. Plans are expected to be finalized by mid-May which include a 15 percent increase in Metrorail fares, a 20 percent increase in Metrobus fares, as well as an increase for MetroAccess service, The Washington Post reported. Ways to reduce service or increase  fares from a revised budget proposed in April were addressed at the meeting. One proposal was to close the rail system at 2 a.m. on weekends, an hour earlier than it currently does. Board member and D.C. Council member Jim Graham called for that plan to be eliminated. Other board members also opposed a proposal for a $4 flat rate fee on late-night weekend Metrorail rides.

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