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Published May 20th 2017
Goldie Shines, Pity About The Rest
After watching 'Snatched' I felt like I wanted my money back ... it was that bad. Okay, there were a couple of good laughs but those laughs were not that original because they've already been done in other movies. Firstly there's the bar scene and when Linda (Goldie Hawn) misinterprets "welcome" for something else. You immediately remember a similar scene from the film 'Something About Mary'. Secondly, there's the tapeworm scene. This is what I call gratuitous grossness which you can find in any alien movie. But the biggest laugh for me occurs in the scene where Linda (Goldie Hawn) and Emily (Amy Schumer) are in a prison cell after being captured by the bad guys and Linda is calmly flicking through a porn magazine. What she says next is hilarious! The rest is just a mishmash of uncomfortable moments, like when Emily is in the ladies room cleaning her privates or when she rips out the last pages of her mother's book whilst drunk and stuffs them down her boobs.
On the other hand, Goldie Hawn's performance is perfection and she has some great one-liners. When she finds out her daughter has been dumped she says "don't worry, you still have two years left to find someone." It's a classic mother's mentality. Goldie Hawn's role as Emily's mother is believable and cannot be faulted. Unfortunately, she cannot save the movie on her own which makes it awkward to watch as the others can't deliver the same level of performance.
Some funny moments in this film. (Pic courtesy of Wiki commons)
Snatched is supposed to be an action/comedy but it's more like slapstick comedy with many dead ends. Even though the plot is very predictable at times, many of the scenes are too far-fetched to be believed and it is this extremely contrived plot which really lets the movie down (as well as some bad editing).
Basically, if the audience are not believing it, then they are not enjoying it. It doesn't help too that Emily (Amy Schumer) is not a likeable character. She is portrayed as an extremely shallow person and constantly takes selfies on her trip whilst dismissing advice about tourists being kidnapped. Even after Emily kills two of the bad guys by accident, she doesn't even react. It's as if she has no conscience. Actually, Emily showed more emotion when her boyfriend dumped her at the beginning of the film. This lack of continuity in characterisation is another problem but somehow by the end of the film no-hoper Emily and her capoeira moves save the day. I rate 'Snatched' 2 out of 10.