Have a Raunchy Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the holiday intended as a celebration of mothers and motherhood.  Typically, the day is celebrated by children of all ages sending their mothers cards, flowers, gifts, or maybe even taking them out to dinner.  But maybe your mother is tired of the same old thing every year and is looking for something different.  Fortunately for you, 2017 offers up an alternative: a raunchy cinematic comedy called Snatched.

The movie stars Amy Schumer, who two years ago broke into the movie scene in a big way with Trainwreck, the hit comedy that she not only starred in, but also wrote.  In this movie she plays Emily Middleton, an aimless woman who loses both her job and her boyfriend just days before her planned romantic vacation to Ecuador.  She ends up inviting her mother Linda, an overly cautious woman who spends her days taking care of her cats and her agoraphobic adult son.

Amy Schumer as Emily in SnatchedShortly after arriving in their resort hotel, Emily meets a young man who promises to take her and her mother on an exciting, exotic adventure, but instead sets them up to be kidnapped by a local criminal and held for ransom.  They manage to escape because the script demands it and find themselves stranded alone in the middle of South America with no one for them to trust.  The rest of the movie is a string of comic anecdotes as they hope to make it back to the safety of the American consulate.

You could easily copy that plot description and paste it into the body of an intense kidnapping thriller, but here the concern is purely for the laughs.  Never for a second do you fear that the characters might be in any actual danger.  Even what we are told is the dangerous Amazonian jungle, filmed in Hawaii, looks little more frightening than the nature trail where I walk my dog each day.  Even though this movie is a comedy first, it seems reasonable for the filmmakers to at least make us think like there might be some kind of actual danger.  Even in The Hangover there is some doubt as to whether the guys are going to find their best friend Doug or not.

But this movie is all about the laughs and, fortunately, there are plenty of good ones to go around.  One of the best things that Snatched does is subvert some of our expectations.  At multiple points in this comedy, the movie set up my expectations for one kind of gag, only to pull the rug out from under me and go in a different direction.  This kept the otherwise conventional plotline from losing my interest prematurely.

Although the movie’s mother-daughter dynamic does not really break any new ground, they certainly got the casting right.  Schumer and Hawn have good chemistry and, especially with their matching golden locks, are incredibly believable as daughter and mother.  It is especially nice to see Goldie Hawn on the big screen again, or any screen for that matter.  With the exception of lending her voice to one episode of the Phineas and Ferb animated show, Snatched marks the actor’s first screen role since 2002’s The Banger Sisters.  The fifteen year absence is even more shocking when you realize that the star does not seem to have missed a beat.

Snatched is not likely a comedy that will leave much of a mark on the cinematic landscape or even last in viewers’ memories much beyond when they leave the theater, but it does provide plenty of good laughs to keep audiences entertained for a solid ninety minutes and sometimes that is all you can ask from a pure comedy.

Snatched is rated R for “crude sexual content, brief nudity, and language throughout.”  There is definitely some crude humor which ironically makes this mother’s day weekend release a film that might be somewhat awkward to watch with your mom.

Courtesy of a local publicist, Jeff attended a promotional screening of Snatched.