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“Snatched” teams Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in a comedic adventure

Ever since the release of Trainwreck established Amy Schumer as a big screen comedy star, it has been a waiting game to find out how she would fair as an A list leading lady, following that hit. Schumer has already conquered the small screen with Inside Amy Schumer, but now she tries cinemas again with Snatched. It’s out today and represents the best option in theaters this week. Keep in mind, it’s not amazing, but it’s solidly entertaining and more than amusing enough to recommend. Plus, Schumer has gotten Goldie Hawn back on screens, which is an absolute delight. If you’re a fan of either, you should be in for a treat.

The film is an action comedy that wants to be as much an adventure as it is a laugh riot. Emily Middleton (Schumer) is the complete opposite of her mother Linda Middleton (Hawn). In all the ways that the former is loose, immature, and up for anything, the latter is buttoned up and cautious. When Emily is dumped right on the cusp of an exotic South American vacation, she convinces Linda to leave behind her son/Emily’s withdrawn brother Jeffrey Middleton (Ike Barinholtz) and join her for some quality time. Of course, mom’s worst fears are realized when they’re both abducted, but they seem more than capable of repeatedly escaping. They just didn’t plan on spending their nonrefundable vacation wandering the Amazon. It all turns in to utter chaos, with some set pieces, but mostly just excuses for one comedic bit or another. Jonathan Levine directs a script here from scribe Katie Dippold. The cast, in addition to the ones mentioned above, include Tom Bateman, Kim Caramele, Joan Cusack, Óscar Jaenada, Al Madrigal, Christopher Meloni, Randall Park, Bashir Salahuddin, Sergio Sanchez, Wanda Sykes, and many more. Florian Ballhaus is behind the camera handling the cinematography, while the score comes from the duo of composers Chris Bacon and Theodore Shapiro.

What makes the movie work is the interplay between Hawn and Schumer. The former probably could have been better utilized overall, but the latter is doing exactly what you’d expect of her. This isn’t as deep as Trainwreck, but her particular brand of humor is well in evidence here. Levine pretty much just lets her run wild, which is the right move. The action and adventure don’t work nearly as well as the comedy, but it isn’t an embarrassment either. Don’t get me wrong, this is only a mild recommendation, but it does enough right to warrant such a decision. Fans of Hawn will enjoy seeing her here in general. Fans of Schumer will be pleased. Detractors won’t even bother seeing it, so don’t worry about them in the least. They won’t factor in here.

First up, a list! So far, here is how I would rank Levine’s films to date:

6. Warm Bodies
5. Snatched
4. The Night Before
3. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
2. The Wackness
1. 50/50

This weekend, audiences looking to laugh will have a solid enough option to consider in Snatched. If you’re someone who dug Trainwreck or loves Inside Amy Schumer, this will be a funny, if lesser, comedy outing. If you’ve longed to see Hawn get a big time role again, then this is your lucky day. You may wish she had more to do, but she’s still a treasure. Hot on the heels of Kurt Russell joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hawn could be part of a comedy smash. The box office remains to be seen, but if you want to laugh, this is the film to check out…

Be sure to check out Snatched, in theaters everywhere right now!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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