Rated R, 97 minutes
Well this stinks. The new comedy "Snatched," that is. Starring red-hot comedian Amy Schumer and legendary, Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn in her first movie in 15 years, the movie barely rides on the charms of those two yet is otherwise a mess all the way around, coming up a disappointment for sure.
Dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Schumer) persuades her cautious mother, Linda (Hawn), to accompany her on an exotic getaway to South America. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda must soon work through their differences to escape from a wildly outrageous and dangerous jungle adventure.
"Snatched" is an unfunny misfire of a film, wasting the talents of its stars, with a terrible, all-over-the-place script, co-written by Schumer, Katie Dippold and Kim Caramele and misguided direction from "50/50's" Jonathan Levine. This low-brow female buddy comedy certainly must've looked so much better on paper than it does in actual execution, with only a handful of funny, most of which can be seen in the trailers for the film and can't really be explained here (one in which Schumer's boob is literally hanging out of her dress is not one of them, though).
"Snatched" is also a flimsy excuse to get these two together and to get Hawn back on screen, as it places them out in the middle of the forest, doing little in terms of story, laughs or their careers. It's nice seeing Hawn back on screen after an extended absence, but like other legendary actresses who return to the screen after being MIA, including Streisand and Fonda, she's in need of much better material.
This isn't without some brief brightspots: comedian Ike Barinholtz ("Suicide Squad") steals a few scenes as the dorky, agoraphobic brother and son (he calls Hawn "ma-mah"), along with the always hilarious Wanda Sykes as the hotel guest with some special skills. Sykes is paired with the usually funny Joan Cusack, whose character is mute, an idea both bad and unfunny.
Most of the jokes and quick bits fall flat, and Schumer is playing another variation of the bawdy girl from her stand-up and TV show, both much better than the forgettable mess that is "Snatched," which goes off the rails early on and doesn't recover. It may gain some appeal from those looking for a good time with a female-driven comedy this Mother's Day weekend, and note to those thinking it might be: it's not.