Dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton persuades her cautious mother, Linda, to accompany her on an exotic getaway to South America. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda must soon work through their differences to escape from a wildly outrageous and dangerous jungle adventure.
Amy Schumer is a comedic genius, from her say it like it is attitude, to her writing credits to showcase comedy and dramatic depth in her first feature film Trainwreck, to her weekly show Inside Amy Schumer, there is not denying her talent in both writing and acting ability. Combine this with one of Hollywood’s funniest woman Goldie Hawn and you have a sure fire comedy hit right? You would think so…
Emily (Schumer) is a self-involved thirty year old who was recently fired from her retail job for her Instagram obsession and also dumped by her musician boyfriend all on the same day. As a result of this she has a non-refundable ticket to Ecuador. Cue her mum Linda (Goldie Hawn) an overprotective safety conscious polar opposite of Emily who agrees to go with her to spend some mother/daughter time together.
Along the way Emily hooks up with a hot guy at a bar who offers to show her and her mother some local culture, doing this they are kidnapped by a local crime lord who intends to extort their family for ransom. Emily and Linda’s only family is their brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz).
For the remainder of the film it plays out pretty much as you would think. The mother/daughter duo attempts to escape while getting into increasingly outlandish scenarios that border on ridiculous.
The film does have some good points, the chemistry between Hawn and Schumer is undeniable. They had a few antics and online YouTube videos leading up the films release that really showcased just how much fun they were having and enjoying each other’s company. This really came across in this film and it is just a shame that the story and dialogue didn’t match.
Comedy wise there are a couple of laugh out loud moments, and these are also helped by Ike Barinholtz and Wanda Sykes. Unfortunately it isn’t enough to save the incoherent and often jarring plot. It serves as more of an extended episode of Inside Amy Schumer than a movie, this is something that she was able to achieve in Trainwreck, but due to nto being on the writing team in this movie has proved to go against her.
Overall Snatched will be a good Sunday afternoon hungover movie when you have nothing else to do. If you are fans of Schumer and Hawn you may find some joy here, but apart from that this is unfortunately a forgettable flick that both actresses should have intervened before it was released to the public.
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