Snatched Movie Review with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
If you’re looking for a laugh this Mother’s Day weekend, check out Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. MomsLA was invited to screen the film in advance as guests of 20th Century Fox and we got to interview the Stars, Director and Producer of the film as well.
Snatched is the story of what happens when Emily, played by Schumer, and her mother Linda, played by Hawn, take a trip to Ecuador for what they hope will be a relaxing vacation, and instead turns out to be a story of mother-daughter courage and survival, complete with hijinks and pratfalls.
There is even a giant tapeworm, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Emily had planned to take the trip to Ecuador with her boyfriend, who summarily dumps her and leaves her with two non-refundable tickets at the start of the film, and so instead she decides to take her Mother on the trip.
Emily’s Mother Linda is a bit of a scaredy-cat, to whom the idea of a trip abroad sounds like nails on a chalkboard. She smothers her daughter and over-worries about everything, but after some expert coaxing by Emily, Linda decides to make the trip.
The banter between Hawn and Schumer is quite delightful, and the two of them play well as Mother and Daughter.
Linda’s hoping it will be a chance for the two of them to better connect, and of course, little does she know how well that might turn out.
Linda’s overly cautious nature leads Emily to be even more adventurous, and she lets herself be swept off her feet a dashing man she meets at the resort bar. At first, everything seems fine, and the dashing James, played by Tom Bateman, seems to genuinely like Emily. But all that crashes to the ground when it turns out James has in fact helped some very bad dudes kidnap Linda and Emily and hold them for ransom.
Once the movie turns into the ransom and heist drama that takes over the final 2/3 of the film, the comedy ratchets up a few notches as well.
Schumer and Hawn are really funny as they keep trying to evade capture – and get into crazy adventures along the way. Emily, it turns out, is quite handy at dispatching the men who are trying to kill them, and Linda even fashions a shiv at one point, proving that they can take care of themselves when needed.
There are some outlandish set pieces and the aforementioned tapeworm takes over at one point, making many feel a bit nauseated indeed, but it’s all in fun, and all in the tone of a Bridesmaids or Spy, other movies the Producer Paul Feig has had a hand in.
The supporting cast is terrific as well, and you’ll see amazing performances from Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes, as a couple of lady friends traveling the world who Emily and Linda meet at the resort. Ike Barinholtz plays Jeffrey, Emily’s brother/Linda’s son, who still lives in Linda’s basement and call his mother “Maman,” like a French schoolgirl, but who ends up coming through for them in the end. Christopher Meloni plays a crazy explorer the two ladies meet in the Amazon and just nails it. And Bashir Salahuddin plays a State Department official who has to deal with Jeffrey’s phone calls begging for help to save his mother and sister, and he made all of us laugh.
Hawn ends up stealing the show, of course, because the movie-going public has missed her so much and will be so glad to see her back at it. She’s still hilarious and she makes the movie a treat to watch.
MomsLA is grateful to 20th Century Fox for inviting us to screen the film and to the press junket, where we meet Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. Snatched is rated R and opens in theaters Friday, May 12th.
“Snatch your tickets now, and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mom) to see Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn in theaters this Mother’s Day weekend.” SnatchedMovieTickets.com
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Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Written By: Katie Dippold
Produced By: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson