Renowned for stealing jokes and really not being all that popular, Amy Schumer doesn’t seem like the best choice for a leading role in new comedy, ‘Snatched’. Ridiculously low IMDb scores, minimal effort posters, and a general lack of buzz surrounding the film had me prepared to watch potentially the worst film of the year. These low expectations certainly helped.
Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn play a vacationing dysfunctional mother & daughter here and for the most part they have decent chemistry. Their performances are fine and do inspire a few laughs. However the best characters lie with the supporting cast. The likes of Joan Cusack, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni & Ike Barinholt all play much more comical characters and it’s with these roles that the biggest laughs come. The inclusion of these characters was vital as I can only imagine the monotony that would have resulted from following only Schumer & Hawn. As a whole the comedy is good enough to make the film passable but simultaneously it’s nothing memorable.
Overall that’s probably the biggest issue with ‘Snatched’ though, it’s immediately forgettable. Different year, same comedy. Thankfully it never becomes hateful and it’s just about fun enough to hold your attention for it’s ninety minute running time. It doesn’t offer levels of entertainment high enough to make it worth recommending but it does redeem itself with the amusing supporting characters, which might just be enough to save it from those dreaded end of year ‘worst of’ lists.
Rating – 5/10
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