REVIEW: ‘Snatched’ Earns Some Laughs, But Not Every Attempt At Comedy Works

Comedic actresses Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn partner up in this flick and on occasion they’re able to deliver some solid humor. However, both have been in better projects in the past.

In “Snatched,” Schumer plays a young woman who’s more or less hit rock bottom. She’s been just dumped by her boyfriend and fired from a rather dead-end job. Making matters worse, her breakup came just as her and her boyfriend were about to go on an exotic vacation to South America.

Because she still wants to go on the trip, though, she invites her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to go along. The two eventually make their way to the resort to begin their vacation, yet the two are somewhat at odds in how to spend their time. The two have to reconnect and repair their somewhat strained relationship in quick fashion, though, when they are abducted by a criminal enterprise.

While “Snatched” can be classified as a movie that has more misses than hits, those hits are pretty solid at times. When the movie gets its humor right, the laughs certainly follow. For the most part, these moments of good comedy included the banter between Schumer and Hawn, sequences showing the naivete of Schumer’s character and some characters who just appear for a short period.

A great example of the latter is Christopher Meloni, who plays a man in the jungle who offers to help the two women make it to a United States Embassy. The whole set up and execution of this character was great and it didn’t go on too long.

Unfortunately, the filmmakers might have missed why this worked so well because some of the other attempts at comedy involving other characters goes on way too long. Ike Barinholtz, for example, who plays Linda’s son, spends most of the movie pestering a U.S. government agent. The first time this happened I had a solid laugh, the second time I had a chuckle, but then the movie kept running with this same joke like it was beating a dead horse.

The same can be said for a subplot with Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack, who play a pair of women who meet the lead characters at the vacation resort. Once again, it’s a dynamic that’s funny at first, but gets old pretty quick.

Another detriment to “Snatched” is the generic nature of most of it. From a rather predictable story to cliché moments, such as Schumer’s character giving a rousing speech with dramatic music to a sequence where the characters walk in slow motion. It’s simply things most audiences have seen before and it doesn’t really do anything new with it.

“Snatched” is probably fine as a movie on cable or even renting to watch at home, but it certainly isn’t the most memorable comedy. While there are laughs to be had, they remained few and far between. 2.8 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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