Amy Schumer can be an acquired taste. Her stand ups are hit or miss, but her last film, Trainwreck was a charming and enjoyable romantic comedy thanks to solid help from Bill Hader and, oddly enough, Lebron James. In her new film, Schumer enlists the help of long time American sweetheart Goldie Hawn.
Snatched stars Schumer as Emily, a lazy middle aged woman who is justifiably dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her retail job in the same day. Instead of canceling a romantic getaway out of the country, she decides to take her sweet, but annoying mother (Hawn). On their trip, Emily’s carelessness naivety leads to the two being kidnapped by a Columbian Drug lord (Oscar Jaenada).
There are certainly some good laughs to be had in spurts and it’s always good when those moments come in scenes that aren’t in the trailers, but Snatched ultimately suffers from almost trying too hard. It works best when its able to play off of Goldie Hawn’s ditsy charm and Schumer’s raunchiness. Too often, though, the film gets overtly wacky. From Ike Barinholtz’s over the top portrayal of Emily’s nerdy mama’s boy brother to a nonsensical and ill fitting scene where an alien-like warm has to be extracted from Schumer’s mouth, the movie doesn’t seem to know what kind of comedy it wants to be.
Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Cusack pop in with some fairly comedic supporting roles, but none of them are on screen long enough to fully compensate for the movie’s overall cartoonish tone. If you aren’t a fan of Amy Schumer, this film won’t come close to winning you over, but if you are, Snatched won’t be a bad viewing even if you do forget about it existing in a year or two.
FINAL GRADE: C
Like it or not, Amy Schumer is on the rise. After hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards and landing a successful sketch comedy show, it’s hard to ignore the potty mouthed comedian. For me, Schumer’s brand of mostly sexual humor is hit or miss. But with a hefty cast and seasoned director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), I had high expectations for Schumer’s first venture onto the big screen.
Schumer stars as Amy, seemingly a caricature of herself in her stand-up routines. Amy spends her days working for her shallow boss (Tilda Swinton like you’ve never seen her before) at a raunchy magazine and her nights being a promiscuous alcoholic. Her conservative sister (Brie Larson) frowns upon her behavior and her foul mouthed father is a direct negative influence (Colin Quinn). In true romantic comedy fashion, her life takes a turn when she begins to fall for a dinky, yet charming athletic surgeon (Bill Hader) who just happens to be bff’s with NBA superstar Lebron James.
Schumer wrote the film. And like with her stand-up and her sketch comedy, her jokes are often hit and/or miss depending on who you are. Sometimes she’s awkwardly hilarious and other times her gags feel redundant or misplaced. But for the most part, Schumer shines in her writing. The story feels refreshing even though we’ve seen this Hitch routine before. And her characters are all relatively likable or entertaining even if their actually lousy people (Swinton and Quinn’s characters in particular). The cast, from charismatic comedian Bill Hader to a surprisingly funny Lebron James, all shine throughout and help make the movie feel less like the predictable rom-com, even if it is relatively formulaic.
In true Judd Apatow fashion, the movie feels a bit long. It also seems a bit odd that a film written by a woman who frequently professes no shame in a crazy, bachelorette lifestyle, would spend an hour and a half virtually shaming the behavior. It kind of seemed like a missed opportunity to address the double standards in the behaviors of single men and women. But anywho… a raunchy romantic comedy is what Schumer wrote, and a raunchy romantic comedy is what you get; filled with all of the laughs and endearing moments that a watchable film in the genre should have, but without anything truly unique.
FINAL GRADE: B