Snatched Review - Raucous, Bawdy, Hilarious Fun

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Snatched, from Chernin Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, presents a girl’s gone wild night out that becomes a cat and mouse race as our girls lean on ingenuity, necessity, and each other as they escape foreign kidnappers.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, Snatched stars Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Tom Bateman, Oscar Jaenada, Christopher Meloni and Arturo Castro. Snatched was written Katie Dippold.

Snatched begins with Emily Middleton, played by Amy Schumer, experiencing a series of endings as she is psyched about this amazing tropical vacation she has booked, and can only talk about the best time she is going to have; she is fired from her job, and the love of her life that she plans to escape with to the pristine shore of Ecuador tells her that they are over. His band, is taking off and he is ready for the sexual freedom the road has to offer and makes that the defining motivation behind the break-up.

In our post-modern world, after changing her Facebook status back to single the reverberation of life in the social media jungle becomes a reality as every friend on her page sees that she is again SINGLE and the Facebook relationship status change make it official.

Soon her mother, Linda, played by Goldie Hawn, begins to write on her wall, motherly encouragements, while her Manhattan friends secretly gloat the she is back in the pool. After realizing that home would be better at this moment, Emily heads back to suburbia, to Mom, and snarky brother, Jeffrey, who suffers from agoraphobia, played by Ike Barinholtz.

The only piece of this awesome vacation that Emily has yet to explain is that it is non-refundable and so she begins to call everyone hoping for someone to take the trip with her. Soon she is explaining to Mom why she should be the one to take the trip with her.

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After pleading, and begging, Emily convinces Linda and the film cuts to the check in which is where the slap stick comedy truly begins.

Emily is on vacation to get laid, and her vacation man will do just fine, thank you. Her Mom is along to play it safe in a lush, tropical, gorgeous paradise. So while at the Bar, Emily is hit on by Mr. Paradise with a British accent, played by Tom Bateman, which has her trying to play cool, and as we see cool for our socially awkward Emily is blurting totally unguarded thoughts, aided by alcohol and all filters gone and she says whatever is on her mind.

Soon she has forgotten all about her Mom, the hotel, and is strapped in behind him as he takes her on one of his island adventures. It was an awesome night and so he offers to take them both on an island trip the next day.

The next day Mr. Paradise picks up Mom and Emily at the hotel promising an adventure of a lifetime. The day starts out exactly as planned, beautiful countryside, gorgeous scenery, local villages, backroads, and Mr. Paradise is perfect long enough for them to get comfortable.

Emily, always posting pics of her awesome adventure finally reaches a remote area where she can’t get a signal. No signal, no phone, Linda explains it is time to return to the highway, Mr. Paradise turns the car and bam! The chase begins!

I admit I really enjoyed Snatched. I laughed like I hadn’t laughed in a long time, oblivious to the people around me, forgetting atmosphere, surroundings, etiquette of film screenings.

Snatched showcases Amy Schumer’s ability to deliver bawdy, raunchy, language without detracting from the humor. Snatched has her fighting the little girl who doesn’t want to admit how much she still needs her mom and the w-o-m-a-n who is unleashed in tropical Ecuador and ready to ride the rapids with her new found British paradise.

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I may be one of the few who haven’t been addicted to Ms. Schumer’s career, and other than her red carpet fall out, I would say I was genuinely without an opinion on her abilities. If I remember she received solid reviews from her last film, Trainwreck, and I believe she will receive the same solid reviews from Snatched. She is genuinely funny. Bawdy, and comfortable with her modern liberal girl okay to live without boundaries shtick.

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are hysterical. They could carry this film alone, even without the occasional native, tourist and kidnapper who pops up along the way. Goldie Hawn is at her comedic best!

There are some scenes that rise above the others and some that word choices that could have been lost without any damage to the plot line or devaluing the comedic experience. The film is very funny and doesn’t need the extraneous boob scene to survive.

Snatched is hilarious, an uproarious sidesplitting romp. Tragedy has a way of bringing out the strength in everyone and necessity, the mother of all invention, takes on a whole different meaning as our two neophyte kidnap victims are set on returning to the safety of American soil.

Snatched opens in theaters everywhere May 12, 2017. See it! Enjoy, laugh, out loud.


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