Snatched was not the best comedy I’ve ever seen, but decent enough to earn itself 2nd place at the box office over the Mother’s Day weekend. It was a smart move releasing it when it was the only wide release comedy available against a few big budget action films over a female driven holiday. If you were taking your mom or your wife to a film this weekend, it was a good chance she didn’t want to see King Arthur. Amy Schumer has proved once again that she can make some money with her R rated dirty humor. Trainwreck was a great example as it introduced her theatrical style film. It went on to earn back 4 times it’s budget. It is arguably a better film than Snatched, but is also more of a traditional romantic comedy, whereas Snatched highlights the mother-daughter relationship. This subgenre of dirty female humor has done pretty well in recent years with Bridesmaids, Bad Moms, and Sisters all performing better than expected and they have proved they are here to stay.
Snatched is a story about a mother and daughter that go on an unexpected adventure after their vacation goes awry. It features Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, in her first film role since 2002. It was written by Katie Dippold, who based it on her own relationship with her mother. She is known for her work on The Heat, Ghostbusters(2016), and Parks and Recreation. Jonathan Levine directed and is most known for 50/50, Warm Bodies, and The Night Before. Both are well experienced in making a film like this, and it shows. The pace of the story was great as it never seemed to drag or be boring. The script also had some great humor, although a few of the best moments were given away in the trailers.
Schumer and Hawn both gave solid performances and had good chemistry. However, the best part of the film was the supporting cast in my opinion. Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) and Christopher Meloni (Law & Order:SVU) steal the show in the few scenes they are in. Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack also have a small cameo role in the film, although I felt their presence was one of the weak parts of the film. Not that they aren’t funny, I just thought the plot point that got them involved and the way their characters were written was a little forced and outlandish to me. Oscar Jaenada was perfectly cast as the main villain and sold the role well. He also helped steer the film into a few more dramatic sequences that sometimes turned into dark humor.
Overall Snatched was a solid comedy, but not all the humor hit for me. Some of the situations were a bit ridiculous and mixing in some dark humor made the film feel all over the place at times for me. Snatched is one that you can probably wait to check out on demand.