Film Review: Snatched

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - May 14, 2017
Film Review: Snatched

Going into the screening of “Snatched”, I had no expectations of what I was about to see. I hadn’t seen any tv spots for it and new very little about its lead actress, Amy Schumer. Having now experienced her particular style of comedy and observing the audience members around me; I feel confident in saying that if you are a fan of Amy Schumer, then you’re going to really enjoy this movie, but if you aren’t, then be prepared for a disappointment. “Snatched” has a lot of comedic potential and even made me laugh a few times, but unfortunately, it is eclipsed by Schumer’s crude and straight up disgusting sense of humor.

“Snatched” is directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Night Before) and stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as mother and daughter, who embark on a vacation to Ecuador and find themselves being kidnapped and taken to Columbia, where they must find their way back to the U.S. embassy before their captors catch up to them. It’s nice to see Goldie Hawn back  in action after such a long time from being on the big screen. It isn’t the comeback performance fan’s have been waiting for, but it certainly isn’t a step backwards either as she still knows how to deliver a good laugh. Where “Snatched” really shines is with its supporting cast. Christopher Meloni delivers the most memorable performance of the film; leaving you with plenty of quotable lines that’ll keep you laughing the entire ride home. Unfortunately though, his presence in the film is cut very short to make more time for our leads. Ike Barinholtz also makes an appearance, as Schumer’s reclusive brother who still lives at home with his mother. The banter between Barinholtz character and an agent of the U.S. State Department (played by Bashir Salahuddin) had me laughing so hard I could barely breath. Whether it was intentional or unintentional, Director Jonathan Levine was smart to use his supporting cast to balance out Schumer and her specific brand of comedy, to appeal to a broader audience.

Before I go into my reasoning for not liking this movie, let me make it clear that I don’t hate Amy Schumer. I’m not part of the Amy Schumer hate train that seems to be rolling through hollywood at the moment, I just don’t find her routine funny. That doesn’t make me a sexist pig or an anti-feminist, I just don’t like gross-out humor all that much and that is all Amy Schumer’s comedic repertoire consists of. A little bit here and there isn’t to bad, but when every single joke that comes out of your mouth consists of references to bowel movements, bodily fluids, and smelly nether regions, it gets to be a bit much, especially when they’re coming from your protagonist whom you’re supposed to like.

Overall, “Snatched” isn’t a bad movie. Once again, if you love Amy schumer, then I can imagine you having a really good time with this movie. It’s not bad for a night laying on the couch once it comes to cable and Netflix, but I can’t recommend you go out and spend your hard earned money on it when movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” and “Colossal” are still in theaters. It’s a decent enough flick, you’ll just forget most of it before the credits roll.

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