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Snatched

Snatched

Movie
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In Theatres: 
May 12, 2017
Grade:
C
Running Time: 
97 minutes

2015’s Trainwreck proved that Amy Schumer could lead a film. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Schumer teams up with Goldie Hawn for twice the shenanigans in Snatched. That unfortunately doesn’t lead to twice the laughs because the majority of the humor comes from the film’s great supporting cast as Snatched doesn’t quite live up to Schumer’s previous efforts.

 

Just like in Trainwreck, Schumer plays a washed woman who doesn’t have much going for her in her life. She’s just lost her job and her boyfriend and is now stuck with nonrefundable vacation tickets to South America. When none of her so-called friends can come, she reluctantly invites her mother on the trip. Schumer’s carefree and nonchalant attitude eventually gets the two of them kidnapped by local criminals, and they must do whatever it takes to escape their captors and make it back home alive, in humorous fashion.

 

Snatched follows Amy Schumer’s crass type of humor down to a T. The majority of the film is filled with lowbrow humor and slapstick physical comedy that will no doubt directly appeal to her audience. Unlike Trainwreck, if you’re not a fan of Schumer’s comedy, then you will likely not enjoy Snatched. Her humor translates over to Goldie Hawn’s character too, and it just doesn’t quite suit her like it does Schumer, feeling like a waste of such of a talented actress.

 

Where the film does succeed is in its cast of supporting characters. I found myself laughing most at Ike Barinholtz, who plays the 35-year-old stay-at-home son of Hawn. When his mother and sister go missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get them back, even if that means leaving the house. He fully commits to the character and the scenes he shares with Bashir Salahuddin are absolutely hysterical. Christopher Meloni as an over-the-top adventurer also does a great job at selling the ridiculousness of the film. Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes round out a pretty solid supporting cast that outshines the two leads in every scene.

 

I was a big fan of Trainwreck so I was excited to see where Amy Schumer’s film career would take her next. I think I’ve outgrown Schumer’s type of humor because I wanted to like Snatched more than I did. If you’re a fan of fart jokes, boobs hanging out, and drunken shenanigans than by all means check it out, but if you want a little more substance to your comedies, than best look elsewhere.

Matt Rodriguez
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