Snatched: Film Review

Snatched hasn’t fared very well with the critics but I’m hear to tell you not to listen to them because I found it bloody funny and I was entertained throughout.

Amy Schumer plays Emily, who is self-centred and without drive or direction. After being dumped by her boyfriend ahead of their booked trip to Ecuador, she ropes in her mum Linda (Goldie Hawn), who is too sensible for her own good, to join her and they have a great time until they are kidnapped.

I am a fan of Schumer’s comedy and enjoyed both her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and her movie Trainwreck so the humour in Snatched is very much my cup of tea. I laughed a lot and sometimes in a proper laugh-out-loud way. Sure, not every single joke worked cos there are a lot of them and they run the gamut of humour from toilet, to lowbrow, to gross out, to actual smart wordplay stuff, so I guess it depends on what you like.

Her chemistry with Hawn is brilliant and some of the exchanges are great, but Hawn’s character is very one note and she doesn’t really get much to do, which is a shame considering it’s her movie comeback after 15 years. Ike Barinholtz has a hilarious supporting role as Linda’s housebound adult son Jeffrey, while Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack (in a silent role) are great additions too.

The film runs out of steam and direction once they escape their kidnappers and get lost in the jungle. Even the addition of Roger (Christopher Meloni), their wannabe rescuer, doesn’t really quite do it. It’s never boring and it still makes me laugh but you could tell they were running thin on ideas and it began to drag a bit.

I’ll admit I was put off by the trailer, which I thought sucked, but this is one of those rare occasions when the funniest bits aren’t it, which is a relief. Snatched was so much better than I expected and is perfect for a girls’ cinema trip.

In cinemas Friday 19th May 

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