Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there.
Snatched focuses on the mother-daughter relationship between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, and their connection is what drives this movie to be more than just another silly comedy.
Amy Schumer played Emily, a down on her luck sad sack who has lost her job and her boyfriend just before she was to head on vacation to Ecuador with non-refundable airplane tickets. Linda (Goldie Hawn), desperate for her daughter’s attention, convinces her to come visit and get over the break up. In a moment of weakness, Emily asks her mom to join her on the trip. Linda did not want to go, but Emily convinces her.
After Emily meets a hunky man (Tom Bateman), she again talks Linda into going with them on a day trip. Unfortunately, the women wind up getting kidnapped and held for ransom. With some shenanigans, the ladies escape and have to wander through the Amazon trying to avoid the criminal (Óscar Jaenada) who had kidnapped them.
There are some funny scenes in the movie and I did enjoy the chemistry with Schumer and Hawn. Goldie Hawn was really good here and she looked amazing. There were some really funny moments from the supporting cast as well. Christopher Meloni played Roger, an apparent guide who meets the ladies and offers to help them. He was a standout here. I also enjoyed the parts of the film involving Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack as fellow tourists Ruth and Barb. That pairing could have used more screen time.
The biggest issue with Snatched is the story was so ridiculous that it was hard to get past. They made the Amazon seem pretty small and the time it took for them to make it through Ecuador and into Columbia was just a few scenes. Some of the cuts really made it feel like the timing of the film was off-kilter.
Plus, there is a scene with a tapeworm that just defied explanation. Honestly, all I was thinking with that scene was… “Would that really work?” It took me way out of the movie.
In the end, Snatched puts a lot on its two stars and they are what make this watchable. Without the presence of Schumer and Hawn, this film would be extremely weak. As it is, with them, the movie is okay.