Snatched | Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for a raunchy kidnap comedy

Snatched Amy Schumer Goldie Hawn
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This is the closest they've been in years.

Funny women from different generations whose appeal is very much a matter of taste, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up to play mother and daughter in fish-out-of-water action comedy Snatched. Sloppily conceived and executed, it’s unlikely to win over any detractors or doubters.

The story kicks off with Schumer’s Emily persuading her reluctant mom Linda to join her on a holiday to Ecuador after her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of the trip. Emily and Linda are presented as chalk and cheese: the former up for adventure while the latter is so cautious she dresses ‘like a beekeeper’ to ward off the sun. Naturally, differences are put aside when a local kidnapping ring abducts them.

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There are some fairly lame thrills and spills as the women strive to escape, and a big dose of gross-out comedy involving a giant tapeworm. That said, you’ll probably find the film’s supporting cast funnier than its stars, with chuckles provided by Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack’s chummy American tourists and Christopher Meloni’s seemingly dashing jungle adventurer.

Certificate 15. Runtime 90 mins. Director Jonathan Levine

Snatched is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.


Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.