Review of "Snatched"

Review of "Snatched"
By Mark Greczmiel

It's been nearly fifteen years since the talented Goldie Hawn has appeared on the big screen. Her last two films - "The Banger Sisters" and "Town and Country" were unfortunately both flops - and hardly worthy swan songs for an actress who enjoyed more than three straight decades of box office hits.

The teaming of the 71-year-old star (she hardly looks it) with comedienne-actress Amy Schumer seems like a stroke of brilliance. Schumer is certainly the highest-profile comedienne around and grew up idolizing Hawn. Pairing the two would have to work…right?

Schumer plays Emily, a somewhat self-centered New Yorker looking forward to going on an exotic South American vacation with her musician boyfriend. (Played by Randall Park from "Fresh Off the Boat.") When he withdraws from both the trip and the relationship, a heartbroken Emily posts the news on social media. Enter Goldie as Emily's mom - Linda. She's a very cautious divorced woman, living with her cats and dealing with her other child - a very needy adult played by the extremely funny Ike Barinholtz from "The Mindy Project."

Mom starts asking very personal questions about the relationship via Facebook, and as the older woman is somewhat computer challenged, it makes for a laugh-filled scene. During a visit soon after, daughter Emily discovers that mom was surprisingly very adventurous in her youth and decides they should use her non-refundable tickets and travel together to Ecuador. Despite Linda's initial misgivings ("Everyone knows you need two years to plan a vacation," she protests) the two are soon on their way to a memorable holiday. Things quickly downhill for the pair when they are kidnapped by a local gang. They manage to escape and the rest of movie follows them as they race through the jungle and small villages in an attempt to get to safety.

When it comes to acting styles, there are definite differences between Schumer and Hawn. Much like her comedy routines, Schumer is loud, brash, and hardly subtle. That does work - most of the time - in what quickly becomes a R-rated comedy with plenty of raunchy moments. Hawn meanwhile follows the "less is more" approach to acting and often conveys her feelings with just a look or a raised eyebrow.

The script was written by Kate Dippold, whose credits include the very funny comedy, "The Heat" and the not-as-funny, "Ghostbusters" remake. She's added a wide collection of supporting characters, some of which work wonderfully, and others not-so-much. One of the hits is "Law & Order SVU" veteran Christopher Meloni who has a small but memorable role as guide who misrepresents his level of experience. Not as effective is an almost unrecognizable Joan Cusack who plays a former "Special Ops" soldier travelling with friend Wanda Sykes. Cusack's character has no dialogue, as she previously cut out her tongue to avoid spilling secrets on one of her missions. Okay.

Director Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") keeps things moving at a brisk pace and tries valiantly to combine action, comedy, as well as some mother-daughter bonding. The problem is that these elements feel like they are ricocheting all over the place.

There are some undeniably funny moments in the film, as well as a lot of gags that fall flat. (I'm not sure how the scene involving excising a tapeworm is going to go over with some people. ) It is however great to see Goldie Hawn in action again and I hope she'll be taking on some more big-screen roles. I doubt though that the lightweight "Snatched" will go down as one of her more memorable films.

Rated R
2 popcorn boxes out of 4


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