Snatched

What do you mean people don't like it? It's Goldie Hawn's comeback!
Verdict: 
5/10 – Goldie Hawn’s cinema comeback starts off well but veers so deeply into caricature territory that it never really recovers.
Release Date: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer’s highly anticipated mother-daughter comedy shows how wrong vacations can go when you don’t listen to your mum

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For a long time, Amy Schumer’s latest vehicle was simply known as the untitled mother-daughter comedy, generating tonnes of press before shooting had even begun thanks to Goldie Hawn’s involvement after a 15-year break from films.

Schumer has spoken at length about how she recruited the movie legend for the project, but the results may not be what the pair had expected and hoped for.

The movie starts with self-obsessed shop worker Emily (Schumer) prattling on about an upcoming vacation she has planned with her musician boyfriend Michael (Randall Park).

But Emily's holiday dreams are quickly dashed when Michael tells her that not only is he not going to Ecuador with her, and he’s also dumping her to go in search of no-strings-attached sex with groupies.

At a loose end, Emily returns to her mum Linda’s (Hawn) house, where her agoraphobic adult brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) still lives, along with a house full of cats.

Unlike carefree Emily, Linda is scared of modern society, but when Emily finds an old photo album of her mum travelling the world, she knows she needs to convince her to go to Ecuador with her.

That, and the fact that the ticket is non-refundable and Emily can’t find anyone else to join her.

After much hesitation, Linda agrees, and the two set off for a week in the sun.

When Emily catches the eye of handsome James (Tom Bateman) she thinks her trip is complete with a holiday romance seemingly on the cards, but James has other plans for the desperate blonde and her mum. And would you believe it, Linda was right to be hesitant about the foreign trip.

The pair quickly find themselves in a sticky situation, but with no help from the American government, they soon discover that they’re not as helpless as they first seem.

The first 25 minutes of this movie delivers a lot of laughs, though if you’re not a fan of Schumer’s comedy, this will do little to change your mind. Crass, blunt and deadpan, Schumer isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but she does get a lot of belly laughs for the film’s opening. 

Her brash comedy plays well on the big screen, and she manages to thaw out Hawn’s rusty acting for the most part.

Once the pair leave the normal family home setting though, the laughs start to dry up; the film goes from ridiculous to downright stupid after the two have been snatched, and the 90-minute runtime starts to really drag - never ideal when it comes to a comedy.

Both the plot and mother-daughter relationship veers into caricature territory, and you’ll be left wondering how this movie got the green light.

The supporting cast fare well as a whole, with including Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack - as fellow holiday makers Ruth and Barb - getting some laughs midway through the film.

But unfortunately, this so-so comedy, which really dips in the middle, will not be going down as one of cinema’s funniest flicks.

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