The promising debut by Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck” meets its match in her new comedy film “Snatched.” Snatched is most famous for being a hilarious Mother’s Day movie starring with Goldie Hawn. The comedy delivers raunchy laughs and many sight gags. However, they arrive intermittently making for a bumpy ride.
It’s clear that Schumer didn’t aim to show off her acting skills in her latest film. In a nutshell, she plays Emily who loses her job in retail and her musician boyfriend, leaving her with an already booked Ecuador vacation, but no one to join her.
After all of her friends pass on the offer, she reluctantly asks her mother, who lives a sheltered life with Jeffrey, Emily’s live-in brother. At first, her mom refuses but changes her mind after hearing that tickets are non-refundable.
As most would expect, the two argue, until the moment they are abducted, thrown in the trunk of a car, and sent to Columbia.
However, a miraculous escape puts the pair on the run. They try to navigate the jungle together with the assistance of a few characters. Meanwhile, brother Jeffrey grows frantic and begins pestering the State Department. However, they don’t seem to have concern over a few Americans being abducted overseas.
Writer Katie Dippold and Director Jonathon Levine display some disgusting jokes, mostly involving laughable deaths and bodily functions.
However, despite the frantic tone and lavish surroundings, “Snatched” lacks cleverness, resulting in a rather dry film.
The highlights surround the softer side of the movie, such as Hawn’s mother unapologetically building her life around her children. The warm mother-daughter bond is clearly just to garnish the running and yelling.
However, Goldie Hawn returning to the screen is a major event after almost a 15-year break. Her appearance is most notable because the film is similar to the other off-the-wall roles she is excellent at, resembling her character in “Foul Play.”
After a rough road of publicity for Schumer, the film is a great test of her following.
Before the movie, Goldie and Amy come out of character to thank the audience for watching in theaters. They insist on enjoying the comical experience. Which seems like a strange idea considering the film barely seems worth the cost of admission.