Magazine article Screen International

'Snatched': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Snatched': Review

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Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer mine for comedic gold in Jonathan Levine's hostage scenario

Dir: Jonathan Levine. US. 2017. 90mins

Often amusing but rarely shifting into a higher comedic gear, Snatched features fun chemistry between co-stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, some delightfully goofy moments of stray hilarity, yet not enough story or heart to keep this thin tale afloat. While there's potential in a film about a mother and daughter who bond once they're kidnapped during an Ecuadorian vacation, director Jonathan Levine and writer Katie Dippold trip up trying to pay offtheir premise - not to mention capitalising on Hawn's first big-screen role in more than a decade.

Fox will be releasing Snatched in the US on May 12, and the UK a week later. Schumer's star has been on the rise thanks to 2015's Trainwreck, and Hawn is a beloved Hollywood icon whose return to acting will appeal to older audiences. Until Baywatch's arrival later this month, this genial R-rated laugher will face very little direct competition, paving the way for a long cable afterlife.

As the film begins, shiftless Emily (Schumer) has just been fired from her dead-end retail job and dumped by her rock-star boyfriend (Randall Park). All of that is depressing enough, but she has also purchased two non-refundable tickets to Ecuador, a trip she's now forced to go on with her overly protective mother Linda (Hawn). Leery of her mum's nagging, cautious personality, Emily nonetheless finds herself relishing the opportunity to reconnect with Linda - until a sexy, duplicitous stranger (Tom Bateman) lures the two women away from their resort, leading them to be captured by local criminals.

Levine (Warm Bodies, The Night Before) mostly sits back and lets his lead actresses steer. In her first film since 2002's The Banger Sisters, Hawn has an easy rapport with Schumer, happy to play an uptight older woman who subtly undermines her daughter's confidence. By comparison, Schumer plays a version of her stand-up persona - which was also used to good effect in Trainwreck, which she wrote - presenting us with a slightly immature, well-meaning screw-up. These are undemanding roles, but the two women prove to be likeable company. …

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