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SNATCHED

SYNOPSIS:
Dumped by her boyfriend Michael (Randall Park) just before their vacation in South America, Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) is left with two non-refundable tickets. She reluctantly turns to her mom Linda (Goldie Hawn) and asks her to come along. While Emily is looking for adventure, Linda is content to stay at home with her cats. Linda agrees to go along when Emily cannot find anyone else to go with her. The inevitable happens - they are snatched.

Review by Louise Keller:
Seeing Goldie Hawn again on screen after an absence of 15 years is the greatest pleasure of this mindless, crude comedy in which there are few laughs and much cringing. It is especially disappointing as Amy Schumer shows how fresh and funny she can be in attitude-packed Trainwreck (2015), which she wrote and Judd Apatow directed. To her credit, she is fearless and unselfconscious here; she flaps from mishap to mishap while breasts, vaginas and tapeworms get much of the screen time. Admittedly, the casting of Hawn and Schumer as mother and daughter is inspired, but Jonathan Levine's direction and the contrived, predictable material from TV writer Kate Dippold lacks imagination and plays out like a series of sketches strung together with a few chuckles.

Hawn's last screen appearance in The Banger Sisters (2002) with Susan Sarandon was great fun, but her role here as Linda Middleton, a homebody who loves her cats, books and agoraphobic, nerdy son Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) hardly offers a proper platform for her talents. Joan Cusack is wasted as a special ops agent who cut out her own tongue out so she wouldn’t spill the beans.

When the film begins, we watch Emily (Schumer) lose her job before being dumped by her ego-driven musician boyfriend (Randall Park), who thinks he is destined for the big time. (The fact he believes hundreds of girls will soon be at his beck and call is described in the crudest of ways.) Meanwhile, Linda (Hawn) is reading up on how to cheer up a depressed cat. 'Help me put the FUN in nonrefundable (tickets),' is one of the film's best lines - when Emily responds to Linda's complaint they don't do anything fun anymore.

So begins the mother daughter trip to Ecuador and Colombia, that involves a ridiculous kidnapping plot, a slow-boat down the Amazon and lines like 'Never have more drinks than you have breasts'. The gross out tapeworm sequence is best forgotten. Hawn and Schumer might look good together with their blond locks, but the dynamic is pretty ordinary - as sadly is the whole film.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

SNATCHED (MA)
(US, 2017)

CAST: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Randall Park, Tom Bateman

PRODUCER: Peter Chernin, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Levine

SCRIPT: Kate Dippold

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Florian Ballhaus

EDITOR: Zene Baker, Melissa Bretherton

MUSIC: Chris Bacon, Theodore Shapiro

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mark Ricker

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 11, 2017







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