“Snatched” might be just the movie to grab with your mom in celebration of Mother’s Day. That is, if your mom doesn’t mind “R”-rated vulgarity and a lot of raunchiness.
Amy Schumer plays the same kind of character she did in the superior “Trainwreck” – outspoken, brash and freewheeling. This time, Schumer is Emily, whom we meet in a clothing store.
Emily is preparing to travel to Ecuador with her boyfriend (Randall Park, “Trainwreck”). There’s a great scene in which they discuss why the trip isn’t going to happen. Now Emily, with two non-refundable tickets, is in search of someone to accompany her.
Despite her social-media offers, Emily can’t find any takers. So she decides her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn, returning to the big screen for the first time in 15 years) is the ideal candidate. Her mother is overly worried and has lost her spirit of adventure. What better way to improve her mom’s life? Emily thinks.
Reluctantly, Linda agrees to go with Emily, leaving behind Emily’s brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz, “Suicide Squad”) and Linda’s beloved cats.
Linda wants to read novels during a quiet, laid-back vacation. But Emily wants to drink and party, and becomes even more determined to do just that when she meets the handsome James (Tom Bateman, television’s “Da Vinci’s Demons”). He’s charming, smart, and Emily is instantly smitten with him, especially when he takes her to an off-the-grid party where she proceeds to become drunk.
The next day, he convinces both Emily and Linda to let him take them on a day trip. Naturally, mother and daughter are kidnapped, and suddenly nerdy Jeffrey is all that stands between his family and a lifetime of captivity. Also coming to the rescue are the hilarious Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes as women acquaintances from the resort.
Emily learns that her overprotective mother’s fears are founded in reality, while Linda learns that her daughter can be resourceful and helpful.
Not all of the script is witty, but there’s enough real humor here to make it worthwhile. Screenwriter Katie Dippold, former writer for television’s “Parks and Recreation” also penned the enjoyable “The Heat,” and the two films share a similar tone. It plays to Schumer’s comic timing and tremendous ability to laugh at herself, particularly in awkward situations (so awkward, in fact, that I cannot write about them here).
This isn’t “PG-13” material, so if your mom is easily offended, you’d be better off seeing it with someone else (and so would she). This is for grownup children and moms who appreciate comedy with an edge.