Amy Schumer made a big splash with her first feature film, Trainwreck (2015). Since then, her fame has become infamy and her most recent Netflix comedy special tanked. Her newest lead role in Snatched, which she didn’t write this time around, features more of the same schtick from her and possibly the downfall of her leading lady roles. However, the film as a whole isn’t horrible and shouldn’t be completely dismissed because of the public distaste for the actress.
Snatched manages to work for the most part in spite of Schumer’s performance
Emily MIddleton (Amy Schumer) is planning a vacation with her boyfriend, but things take a sour turn when he dumps her at breakfast and she’s suddenly fired. Unfortunately, her tickets are non-refundable so she is determined to find a friend to accompany her to South America. When that proves impossible, she convinces her lonely, cat obsessed, risk averse mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to accompany her. Once there, Linda’s biggest fears turn reality when the two are kidnapped and held for ransom.
If you’re wondering if this is a Taken parody, it’s not. In fact, you may be wondering why someone would make a comedy about a topic that is such a serious topic. Despite that though, the film attempts to show what happens to kidnappers who take on two determined women who manage to keep their wits, and dumb luck, about them. A lot of the comedy that comes from the Schumer and Hawn is only funny on occasion. The film treats Schumer’s accidental killing of some of the captives extremely grounded but with a sick shock of humor to accompany it. Schumer’s style of self-abusive, sexual themed comedy is present and relatively redundant.
The negative out of the way, the film has some great supporting cast members who bring the laughs instead. Ike Barinholtz, who plays Emily’s agoraphobic brother, who calls his mother “Mah-Ma!” is hilarious. His interactions with Morgan Russell, who is some kind of federal agent, is without a doubt the funniest moments in the movie. Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack are also on vacation, but have a military background. Cusack doesn’t speak at all in the movie, but she is one of the most interesting characters in the film.
Really, this film tells a story that is structured well and moves quickly enough. There are enough laughs to make it enjoyable, once it gets going that is. The film’s weakness is Schumer’s “acting” ability. There are moments that should be touching or endearing between mother and daughter as they work out common issues, but Schumer comes across as insincere and phoning it in. Overall, the film is enjoyable, but can definitely wait for a home viewing. Snatched earns the Not a Total Waste of Time rating.