Snatched (2017) Review

3/5* Siobhan Divers | Shiv’s Show

Dir: Jonathan Levine

97 mins

Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Tom Bateman, Christopher Meloni.

A classic road-trip-gone-wrong film with two great female leads, Snatched promises humour and constant action.

After being fired from her job and dumped by her musician boyfriend, whom she was supposed to go on holiday to Ecuador with, Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) takes her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) instead.

On what starts off as a classic parent-and-child vacation (without even being in the sun for five minutes, Linda is slathering large amounts of sunlotion on a mortified Emily), the trip turns to chaos after Emily meets James (Tom Bateman) at the bar. It isn’t long before they are soaking up the culture and inviting Linda to join them, resulting in both Emily and Linda being kidnapped.

From the beginning of the film it is clear that casting these two strong female leads was the right decision as they appear to have genuine chemistry in some scenes and their different styles of humour go well together. Like with a number of comedy series and films, the humour is at its prime at the beginning of the narrative with a number of jokes and genuinely funny moments within the first twenty to thirty minutes. However this is not to say the humour stops there as this is not the case but with the majority of the action taking place within the last scenes, there is not a lot of opportunity for jokes as the action scenes take over.

In addition to this, as with other comedy films, the particular style of humour of the leading actors or actresses can be enough to put people off going to see it and Snatched is probably no different with Amy Schumer’s particular style of comedy driving the film. The character she plays is similar to her character of Amy Townsend in 2015 romantic comedy film Trainwreck and within each she plays on her stand-up routines and sketch-style humour similar to the material in her own TV series Inside Amy Schumer.

It goes without saying then that if you enjoyed Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer or routines of stand-up comedians in general, then this film is for you. Similarly if you enjoy a fun road-trip/ summer holiday film to get you in the mood for your own holidays, again you will almost certainly enjoy Snatched.

With a fun cast, some great comedy and an action-filled storyline, Snatched is a great movie to get you in the summer mood!

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