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Snatched

Cover Media logo Cover Media 25/05/2017 covermg.com

For a long time Amy Schumer’s latest vehicle was simply known as the untitled mother-daughter comedy, and generated tonnes of press before shooting even began thanks to Golide Hawn’s involvement after a 15-year break from films.

Schumer has spoken at length about how she recruited movie legend Hawn for the project, but the results may not be what the veteran actress had hoped for.

The movie starts with self-obsessed shop worker Emily (Schumer) prattling on about an upcoming vacation she has planned with her musician boyfriend Michael (Randall Park). However her holiday dreams are quickly dashed when Michael tells her that not only is he not going to Ecuador, but he’s also dumping her to go in search of no strings attached sex with groupies.

At a loose end, Emily returns to her mum Linda’s (Hawn) house, where her agoraphobic adult brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) still lives, along with a house full of cats.

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Unlike carefree Emily, Linda is scared of modern society. But when Emily finds an old photo album of her mum travelling the world, she knows she needs to convince her to go to Ecuador with her. That, and the fact that the ticket is non-refundable and Emily can’t find anyone else to join her.

After much hesitation Linda agrees, and the two set off for a week in the sun. When Emily catches the eye of handsome James (Tom Bateman) she thinks her trip is complete with a holiday romance seemingly on the cards, but James has other plans for the desperate blonde and her mum. And would you believe it, scared of the world Linda was right to be hesitant about the foreign trip.

The pair quickly find themselves in a sticky situation, but with no help from the American government, they soon discover that they’re not as helpless as they first seem.

The first 25 minutes of this movie delivers a lot of laughs, though if you’re not a fan of Schumer’s comedy this will do little to change your mind. Crass, blunt and deadpan, Schumer isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but she does get a lot of belly laughs for the film’s opening.Her brash comedy plays well on the big screen, and she manages to thaw out Hawn’s rusty acting for the most part.

Once the pair leave the normal family home setting though, the laughs start to dry up. The film goes from ridiculous to downright stupid after the two have been snatched, and the 90-minute runtime starts to really drag, which is never ideal when it comes to a comedy.

Both the plot and mother-daughter relationship veers into caricature territory, and you’ll be left wondering how this movie got the green light.

The supporting cast fare well as a whole, with Barinholtz, Bateman, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack, as fellow holiday makers Ruth and Barb, getting some laughs midway through the film.

But unfortunately this so-so comedy, which really dips in the middle, will not be going down as one of cinema’s funniest flicks.

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