Amy and Goldie Go To South America!
That’s what the title of Snatched should have been based on what critics had to say about the hotly-anticipated action comedy!
Despite a formulaic plot and sloppy craftsmanship, reviewers didn’t find the mother-daughter comedy to be a total Trainwreck — unless you count Amy Schumer playing yet another sharp-tongued, hilariously unabashed New Yorker with no control over her life.
While the up-and-comer was certainly in her comedic wheelhouse, critics didn’t feel the same way about Goldie Hawn playing Schumer’s overprotective, neurotic mother.
Though the iconic actress seamlessly slipped into her role, her return to the big screen (after a 15-year hiatus!) was a bit anticlimactic, as critics felt she never got to match her on-screen daughter’s silliness and go peak-Goldie.
However, most agreed that despite its cinematic shortcomings, Snatched is worth watching — if not for anything than to marvel at the golden pairing of its leading ladies!
Ch-ch-check out the spoiler-free review roundup (below) for more!
Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter: “Schumer and Hawn know what funny looks and sounds like, and they lend their dialogue and gags ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ no matter how tepid ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ enough snap and personality to distract you, at least some of the time, from the utter laziness of the material. To put it bluntly: They’re worth watching even in junk like this.”
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly: “A profane, wildly scattershot comedy that rides almost entirely on the sheer life force of its two stars… [A]s Snatched‘s blonde-leading-the-blonde farce careens on, it stumbles into moments of deranged inspiration, lifted by loopy cameos and Hawn’s dizzy, undiminished charisma. After nearly 15 years away from the big screen, she’s still pure Goldie.”
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: “Snatched is one of those movies that subscribes to a dubious homeopathic theory of cultural insensitivity by which the acknowledgment of offensiveness is supposed to prevent anyone from taking offense. The idea is that if you use variations on the phrase “That’s racist!” as a punch line a few times, nothing else you say or do could possibly be racist. Including, say, populating your movie with dark-skinned thugs with funny accents and killing a few of them for cheap laughs.”
Owen Gleiberman, Variety: “Hawn, in theory at least, is supposed to be playing one of those cranky maternal comic nightmares… but Hawn’s whole shtick as an actress is that she always insists, deep down, on being cuddly and likable. Linda gets her token lines of sniping, but it’s not funny sniping (the insults are too soft-edged; they aren’t allowed to be brittle), and this means that the movie’s mother-daughter jokes are like firecrackers with damp fuses.”
Robert Abele, The Wrap: “Considering [Hawn]’s ’70s-’80s heyday at the forefront of fizzy movie comedy, it’s surprising she gets hardly any chances to turn Linda into her own agent of silly mayhem. Though you can see real fondness between the veteran and the up-and-comer as they go through the motions of frazzledness and reconciliation, Snatched doesn’t do their matchup any favors.”
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club: “Snatched is a movie in the flimsiest sense; in terms of craftsmanship, the best that can be said is that it clears the very low bar set by the typo in the expository opening crawl. (Which raises the question: Why does a movie like Snatched have an opening crawl?) But it stands apart from the majority of R-rated, coprolalic studio comedies simply by being fast-paced and, on occasion, pretty funny.”
Heather Schwedel, Slate: “It should be a girl-movie rule, as ironclad as “nobody puts Baby in a corner”: Nobody makes Goldie play the straight man. She’s fine as an uptight mom who loves cats and her children and is afraid of vacations that haven’t been planned two years in advance, and she has some genuinely touching moments. But making us wait 15 years for a Goldie Hawn comeback and then not letting her match Schumer wisecrack for wisecrack, physical goof for physical goof, feels cruel.”
[Image via 20th Century Fox.]