Published on May 19th, 2017 | by voxx0
Out: 19 May
Length: 97 minutes
Director: Johnathan Levine
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz
Plot: When Emily (Schumer) is dumped by her boyfriend, she tries to persuade her ultra-cautious mother (Hawn) to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
The idea of pairing a cinematic thespian and one of America’s funniest women sounds like a hilarious one. ‘Snatched’ brings that idea to full light by pairing Goldie Hawn, who hasn’t starred in a film for 15 years, with Amy Schumer, who made a stunning TV appearance on her broad comedy sketch show ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, before showing her comedic talents in ‘Trainwreck’. With this image in your head it sounds like it works – and it does for a while.
The film opens with Emily Middleton (Schumer), a high-spirited party girl who has the dream to go on a non-refundable exotic vacation to paradise. She’s been planning it for months until the unexpected happens – and she’s dumped. With nobody else to go with, she reluctantly takes her over-cautious mother Linda (Hawn in a wasted supporting role), who always worries about her daughter’s high-life. Emily just wants her to have fun and she finally decides to go after rigorous persuasion.
The opening moments are interesting so, in theory, this works – Director Johnathan Levine showed his way in comedy in ’50/50′ in 2011, which worked because of the hilarious leaders (Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). In that sense, this should work too – but it doesn’t. His leads do show chemistry if somewhat familiar, and they show that they are a dangerous pair. Unfortunately, in this case dangerous means dangerously unfunny. Their talent as a comedic pairing is horrendously wasted by piling on bad ideas, a runaway plot, dry comedy and loud, obnoxious shouting.
For the most part they are daring – Schumer pulls the most guts; she Fs, she blinds and she kills, thoroughly proving to be the heroine of this film. On the other hand, Hawn hits a new low. Her performance as the over-cautious cat-lady mother is over-the-top, even by her standards, and throughout she’s squandered by Levine’s direction.
Schumer pulls a couple of funny one-liners and thankfully Katie Dippold’s screenplay manages to support her broad comedy styling. For that, ‘Snatched’succeeds. There are also a couple of notable witty gags, but these are just cosmetic, ultimately bombarded by a list of bad ideas that by the end is so tall it could reach the summit of Mount Everest.
This is one of the worst comedies of the year.
VERDICT: An annoyingly loud and obnoxious adult comedy which squanders this seemingly funny double act with bad ideas and unfunny dialogue.
- By Corey Denford