What should have been a legendary comedic pairing doesn’t live up to expectations.
Is it worth $10? No
If you combine part of the movie "Romancing the Stone” with Amy Schumer’s latest comedy special, you get “Snatched.” Not extremely funny or original, but still entertaining enough to keep your attention. Don't get me wrong, there are some hysterical moments that are scattered throughout, but an unoriginal story and a fairly incomplete film add up to squandered opportunity.
When selfie obsessed dreamer Emily (Amy Schumer) is dumped by her boyfriend, she convinces her play-it-safe mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to accompany her to Ecuador for a vacation that was originally planned for Emily and her guy. After meeting some unique characters, the two find themselves kidnapped and on a dangerous and zany trip to make it back to civilization.
Full disclosure, I don't like Amy Schumer’s comedy. I find it weak and idiotic. That said, I actually didn't hate her in this role. There were some genuinely funny moments, involving everything from tapeworms to unintentional murder. It was also nice to see Goldie Hawn back on the big screen for the first time since “The Banger Sisters” in 2002. The problem is she doesn't get to shine as much as she could, and seems restricted to a very reserved character. Ike Barinholtz, who plays Emily's agoraphobic live-at-home brother, has some great scenes as he trolls a state department worker (Bashir Salahuddin). Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack bring some levity as two over prepared vacationers who try to help the duo.
“Snatched” isn't the kind of movie I'd see over and over again, but it isn't bad for a once viewed light-hearted comedy. You get good jokes and all, but frankly, the plot and characters don't matter enough for a repeat. It was directed by Paul Levine (“The Night Before”) and written by Katie Dippold (“Ghostbusters” 2016); both seem lost at the idea of how to combine their talents to make a cohesive comedic film that actually works. I noticed that several reviewers are describing the film as “racist" due to the representation of the foreign kidnappers. I don't personally see that. It's a comedy set in a foreign country with a very raunchy and risqué comedian as your lead. I mean, what the hell were they expecting? White collar American kidnappers set up in a foreign place, waiting for a gal like Amy Schumer to come along so they could nab her? If you want to call the movie a pile of hot garbage I can see your reasoning, but not racist. That's just stupid.
If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy with a mother/daughter bonding experience, give “Snatched” a shot. I don't think it's going to change your life, but it may give you that belly laugh you've been missing.