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Snatched

May 11, 2017

Snatched (* ½) R

A trained psychiatrist could have a field if the three main characters in the alleged new comedy Snatched existed in the real world. First you have a single mother who spends the days cloistered in her home checking the locks on her doors and feeding the cats that run rampant in the house, long ago having abandoned any seeming interest in human connection outside of her own offspring. Then there’s the daughter, who is prone to drinking and binge eating when under stress.

Said daughter is also way past the point where she should be getting her life together but can’t even hold down a job in a retail store selling clothes in spite of the fact that she’s pushing thirty. Finally, there’s the son. He’s a fortysomething who rarely leaves the house and spends his days reading Game of Thrones and honing such talents as learning to speak the language of Klingon. The closest human interaction he has comes courtesy of the piano lessons that he gives to unsuspecting victims.

Yep, this is what passes for well-rounded characters in a 21st century comedy coming from a mainstream studio and starring the comedic flavor of the moment, Amy Schumer.   

Schumer & Hawn in Snatched

Snatched supposedly was scripted by writer Kate Dippold, who penned the films Spy, The Heat and Ghostbusters, only one of which I could heartily recommend.

If this is what passes for screenwriting these days then it must be the go-to gig to die for as it looks as if the entire film’s story beats were hastily written on a cocktail napkin in about five minutes. Talk about receiving big dividends with little to no effort.   

The film’s premise is as flimsy as they come. Emily (Schumer) has just broken up with her boyfriend and doesn’t want to lose the money she’s put down for a trip to Equador the couple was supposed to take. Emily enlists her meddling mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to come with her so that the two can work out their mother-daughter issues. Plot mechanics dictate that the two will be kidnapped in order for (1) mother and daughter to grow closer together and (2) the abductors to be dispatched in much of the same manner that villains were put down in a typical Three Stooges short from the 1940s.

At any rate, the film’s dark subject matter seems to constantly be at odds with its comedic overtones. From a scripting standpoint, it also doesn’t help matters that large portions of the film look as if they were made up on the spot. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that they actually were.    Snatched is somewhat notable in that it is the first major film that Goldie Hawn has been a part since 2002’s The Banger Sisters. It’s a shame that her comedic talents have been squandered here. If it serves as something of launching pad for a new phase of Hawn’s career then the good news is that the only way is up and, perhaps, we can look forward to her next project with a bit of anticipation and hope.  

Snatched is showing everywhere, and in Hickory on May 11.

Questions or comments? Write Adam at filmfan1970@hotmail.com.

 

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