Snatched

review Bobby Blakey

Amy Schumer had major success with her first theatrical outing Trainwreck aqs well as her hit TV series Inside Amy Schumer. Now she is teaming up with Goldie Hawn for her follow up feature Snatched that features a great supporting cast including Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Tom Bateman, Oscar Jaenada, Bashir Salahuddin, and Christopher Meloni, but does it offer the laughs fans are hoping for or will it be a kidnapping no one cares about solving?

Snatched follows Emily, a spontaneous woman in her 30s who persuades her ultra-cautious mom to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador after her boyfriend dumps her. At Emily's insistence the pair seeks out adventure, but suddenly find themselves kidnapped. When these two very different women are trapped on this wild journey, their bond as mother and daughter is tested and strengthened while they attempt to navigate the jungle and escape. I have been a fan of Amy Schumer long before her previous film Trainwreck and the TV series. I really enjoyed Trainwreck so have been interested to see what she was going to be doing next. When the first trailer debuted for Snatched it had some funny moments, but overall was pretty underwhelming although just getting to see Goldie Hawn back on the big screen was enough to keep me still intrigued to see what they brought together and I was pleasantly surprised.

This is one of those instances where the trailer does not really do this film justice because for the majority of the film it is really funny. Schumer is a bit more tame than fans are used to this time around, but still offers up some funny moments and is clearly all in to make this film work. The real treat is seeing Goldie Hawn has not missed a beat with being gone as she is a lot of fun to watch. Schumer and Hawn have great chemistry on screen and clearly are both having a lot of fun making this film and it shines through on screen. While this is clearly the Hawn and Schumer show the always hilarious Ike Barinholtz steals every scene he is in and offers up some great moments with his back and forth with a government agent played hilariously by Bashir Salahuddin. Rounding it out are some humorous moments featuring Sykes and Cusack and you have a surprisingly funny movie.

I honestly didn’t expect much from this film, but they fully utilize the R rating to hilarious results. Where the film misses the mark a bit is the ending as it builds up so much with some great moments including one that involves a tapeworm that is hilarious, but the ending felt like it just wrapped everything up really quick and was more generic. Despite this minor issue, the overall film delivers and was one I laughed out loud at numerous times. If you are a fan of any of the cast or not check it out and decide for yourself as you might be pleasantly surprised. I hope this is only the beginning of a return to the screen for Hawn as it was refreshing seeing her again.

This release not only includes the film it also features bonus content including deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary and extended & alternate scenes. Grab your copy of Snatched available now on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

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