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Review: Snatched

Snatched
05.11.2017
7 10

PLOT: After being dumped, a woman (Amy Schumer) takes her paranoid mother (Goldie Hawn) along with her on a trip to Ecuador, only for the pair to fall-in with the wrong man, and wind-up kidnapped by a vicious kingpin.

REVIEW: SNATCHED, which marks Amy Schumer’s second starring turn, following her break-out two years ago in TRAINWRECK, is a solid vehicle for the stand-up turned actress. Having taken the time to find a solid follow-up film has paid off, with the film much funnier than the advance buzz suggests. Unlike a lot of comedies, the best stuff hasn’t been spoiled by the trailers, and the result is a breezy, thoroughly R-rated and raunchy adult comedy that should please Schumer fans, maybe win her some new ones, and pull in some solid coin.

But, more than that, it also marks a serious comeback for Goldie Hawn, who hasn’t made a movie in fifteen years (since 2002’s THE BANGER SISTERS), and proves that the icon hasn’t lost a beat. While the movies she made in the mid-to-late nineties were rather timid if fun (HOUSESITTER opposite Steve Martin was a childhood favorite of mine), in the seventies/eighties she was a comedic force to be reckoned with, pumping out some serious comedy hits like FOUL PLAY, SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES, the great PRIVATE BENJAMIN, PROTOCOL, and the rowdy WILDCATS (which introduced the world to Wesley Snipes & Woody Harrelson). This is a return to that style, in that it’s character-driven, raunchy (her movies were often hard-R) and above all, funny.

She comes pretty close to stealing the show from Schumer as her buttoned-down mom, who spends her days drinking wine in front of the computer hunting down sex offenders, commenting on her daughter’s Facebook, and playing with her (many) cats. She also has a live-in adult son (a scene-stealing Ike Barinholtz) who depends on her for everything. Schumer is top-billed, but this is as much her movie as it is her younger co-star’s.

Schumer, however, manages to hold her own, by ramping up her own sense of slapstick to peak Goldie-levels, never sparing herself the crueler jokes (Schumer’s never been afraid to take pokes at herself), and the result is a somewhat softer part than the edgy TRAINWRECK, which may disappoint some of her die-hards, but shows at least a bit of range (although she’s still playing to type – that’s for sure). Writer Katie Dippold (THE HEAT, GHOSTBUSTERS) and director Jonathan Levine (50/50, THE NIGHT BEFORE) give her some major set pieces, including one of the funniest scenes of the year, where she contends with a tapeworm.

The supporting cast is also top notch, with Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack as fellow-tourists who get involved in shenanigans, while Christopher Meloni taps into his WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER chops as their would-be savior, who seems like a send-up of Michael Douglas’s soldier of fortune in ROMANCING THE STONE. The only problem with SNATCHED is that the first two acts are so funny, it can’t help but run out of steam in the third act where everything has to be resolved, killing the momentum a bit. It all comes to a bit of a rushed conclusion, as if Levine realized he was losing steam and had to wrap it up as fast as possible, keeping this from really being an A-level, all-the-way through winner.

Even though SNATCHED runs out of gas in the homestretch, it still ranks among the better comedies I’ve seen in a while, which is a nice treat as the genre lately has been in big trouble. It seems that maybe giving an old pro like Hawn and an upstart like Schumer a chance at a big movie was the right way to go, and if they do another, I’m game. And hey, while we’re at it, let’s finally get that PRIVATE BENJAMIN sequel (General Benjamin? Secretary of State Benjamin? President Benjamin?)!

Source: JoBlo.com

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5:08PM on 05/12/2017

Kinda Racist

Two blond women being chased by brown people. Hhmm. Stereotype anyone. Brown people waiting for white people to save them. Just asking.
Two blond women being chased by brown people. Hhmm. Stereotype anyone. Brown people waiting for white people to save them. Just asking.
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4:38PM on 05/12/2017
Movie looks awful. Amy Schumer is obnoxious and completely unfunny.
Movie looks awful. Amy Schumer is obnoxious and completely unfunny.
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9:51AM on 05/12/2017

It's 10am on a Friday

And Amy Schumer still sucks.
And Amy Schumer still sucks.
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9:48AM on 05/12/2017

*Munches On Popcorn*

Came here for the comments..... Not disappointed LoL
Came here for the comments..... Not disappointed LoL
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10:50PM on 05/12/2017
here here
here here
1:31AM on 05/12/2017

Lol of course Chris liked this movie

It completely fit's his SJW reviewing agenda. The writer of this dog shit wrote Ghostbusters (his movie of the year). 37% on RT explains everything you need to know about this comedy.

Remember folks, just use the Bumbray equation of quality when looking at his reviews. Take his review, lets call his initial score X, and then subtract by 3 to get the actual score, which we will call that Y.

So x-3=y, lets plug it in. 8-3=5. So this movie must be a 5/10.
It completely fit's his SJW reviewing agenda. The writer of this dog shit wrote Ghostbusters (his movie of the year). 37% on RT explains everything you need to know about this comedy.

Remember folks, just use the Bumbray equation of quality when looking at his reviews. Take his review, lets call his initial score X, and then subtract by 3 to get the actual score, which we will call that Y.

So x-3=y, lets plug it in. 8-3=5. So this movie must be a 5/10.
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3:41AM on 05/12/2017
It must be fun sitting around coming up with conspiracy theories all day long.
It must be fun sitting around coming up with conspiracy theories all day long.
9:35AM on 05/12/2017
Oh yeah, thats what I did. I sat around ALLLLLLLLLLLL day long to think of that post. Boy, you sure stopped me right in my tracks!
Oh yeah, thats what I did. I sat around ALLLLLLLLLLLL day long to think of that post. Boy, you sure stopped me right in my tracks!
1:01AM on 05/12/2017
Seems like a decent enough premise that's wasted on Schumer. Goldie Hawn, sure, she can be great and I can think of a dozen ladies (Wiig, Poehler, McKinnon - pretty much any at least half relevat SNL alumn) she could have a good back and fourth with.

And it's not Schumer's looks or joke stealing (but if you do steal jokes, then at least steal something that'll make your material better, maybe?)... there's just something aggressivly Roseanne about her. Again, not 'cos of her looks, but the
Seems like a decent enough premise that's wasted on Schumer. Goldie Hawn, sure, she can be great and I can think of a dozen ladies (Wiig, Poehler, McKinnon - pretty much any at least half relevat SNL alumn) she could have a good back and fourth with.

And it's not Schumer's looks or joke stealing (but if you do steal jokes, then at least steal something that'll make your material better, maybe?)... there's just something aggressivly Roseanne about her. Again, not 'cos of her looks, but the way her material always feels like she's come to pick a fight with me. Off putting. Like I could never get into Roseanne's sitcom, 'cos it always felt like she was wearing me down to the point I just went "fine, you win, I'll go catch my John Goodman somewhere else."
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8:15AM on 05/12/2017
"....but the way her material always feels like she's come to pick a fight with me".
Yes, that's exactly it and again, that's how she seems to come across, in person. It feels like she's always poised to say something mean or patronising to somebody, just for the fun of it.
"....but the way her material always feels like she's come to pick a fight with me".
Yes, that's exactly it and again, that's how she seems to come across, in person. It feels like she's always poised to say something mean or patronising to somebody, just for the fun of it.
9:25PM on 05/11/2017
That looks funny. I think I'll torrent it later.
That looks funny. I think I'll torrent it later.
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6:36PM on 05/11/2017
As stinky as Amy Schumer claims her own pussy is, her performance in this movie will stink far worse.
As stinky as Amy Schumer claims her own pussy is, her performance in this movie will stink far worse.
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4:44PM on 05/11/2017
I thought you could only review schumer's stuff with thumbs up or thumbs down?
I thought you could only review schumer's stuff with thumbs up or thumbs down?
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+4
3:01PM on 05/11/2017

Joke stealing hack needs to quit the business.

The only thing funny about her movies are the other people in them.
The only thing funny about her movies are the other people in them.
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-8
2:45PM on 05/11/2017

Thumbs up for the haters

I will see the movie just for the haters. Don't like someone but can't stop talking about them. Makes so much sense.
I will see the movie just for the haters. Don't like someone but can't stop talking about them. Makes so much sense.
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2:58PM on 05/11/2017
"...can't stop talking about them..."

Uh no, this is a comment section for this specific movie. So the subject matter is going to be addressed you dumb fuck. Are we only allowed to come in here and say nice things? You want all green without any honest opinion? That's not a society I want to be a part of, where we are only allowed to have one opinion. Fuck you.
"...can't stop talking about them..."

Uh no, this is a comment section for this specific movie. So the subject matter is going to be addressed you dumb fuck. Are we only allowed to come in here and say nice things? You want all green without any honest opinion? That's not a society I want to be a part of, where we are only allowed to have one opinion. Fuck you.
4:14PM on 05/11/2017
I guess you don't understand how comment sections work. "Hate someone but can't stop talking about them", sounds exactly Schumer and other liberal hacks on President Trump lol.
I guess you don't understand how comment sections work. "Hate someone but can't stop talking about them", sounds exactly Schumer and other liberal hacks on President Trump lol.
10:39PM on 05/11/2017
Makes a lot of sense to spend your money not because you want to but because someone you don't know said something.
Makes a lot of sense to spend your money not because you want to but because someone you don't know said something.
+7
1:51PM on 05/11/2017
I just don't like Amy Schumer, in general. I don't think she's funny and whenever ove seen her on a chat show, she comes across as rather full of herself and not very personable.
I just don't like Amy Schumer, in general. I don't think she's funny and whenever ove seen her on a chat show, she comes across as rather full of herself and not very personable.
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2:24PM on 05/11/2017
*i've

Bloody typo!
*i've

Bloody typo!
1:30PM on 05/11/2017
Seen this trailer a couple of times in theaters and it'll get maybe 1-2 laughs.
Reminds me of an old SCTV parody commercial with unfunny stuff happening and the announcer would say "It's like (fill in name of successful gross out comedy) but with chicks!"
Seen this trailer a couple of times in theaters and it'll get maybe 1-2 laughs.
Reminds me of an old SCTV parody commercial with unfunny stuff happening and the announcer would say "It's like (fill in name of successful gross out comedy) but with chicks!"
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12:33PM on 05/11/2017

Retouching much?

Can we just point out the enormous amount of photo retouching that was done on the poster to make Goldie Hawn look younger and not like a freak who's addicted to plastic surgery? She hasn't looked that good in 30 years. Plus aren't we kind of over the Amy Schumer craze? She's the same in every movie, and she's just not that funny in my opinion. Not because she's a woman. Because she's not funny. I'd like to see a female buddy film with Goldie Hawn and Carol Burnett possibly. Actual actors with
Can we just point out the enormous amount of photo retouching that was done on the poster to make Goldie Hawn look younger and not like a freak who's addicted to plastic surgery? She hasn't looked that good in 30 years. Plus aren't we kind of over the Amy Schumer craze? She's the same in every movie, and she's just not that funny in my opinion. Not because she's a woman. Because she's not funny. I'd like to see a female buddy film with Goldie Hawn and Carol Burnett possibly. Actual actors with great comedic timing.
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1:10PM on 05/11/2017
You beat me to it. That shit took ILM to make Goldie look like that. She used to be hot, 20 + years ago.
You beat me to it. That shit took ILM to make Goldie look like that. She used to be hot, 20 + years ago.
+1
12:22PM on 05/11/2017
Reminds me of when Age of Ultron got a 7/10 and Spy got an 8/10.
Reminds me of when Age of Ultron got a 7/10 and Spy got an 8/10.
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1:18PM on 05/11/2017
I am a comic book fanboy but Spy was way better than Age of Ultron. 7/10 was a nice generous score for the Avengers sequel.
I am a comic book fanboy but Spy was way better than Age of Ultron. 7/10 was a nice generous score for the Avengers sequel.
5:48PM on 05/11/2017
I was on a flight a couple years ago and decided to watch a movie. There were plenty of others I wanted to see more than Spy, but went with that because I'd rather see those other movies on my nice TV instead of a seatback screen. That being said, I thought Spy would be fine at best, and I ended up laughing my ass off. I can't explain it because I don't love Melissa McCarthy, but I was dying. Like getting nasty looks, dying. Statham especially was excellent.
I was on a flight a couple years ago and decided to watch a movie. There were plenty of others I wanted to see more than Spy, but went with that because I'd rather see those other movies on my nice TV instead of a seatback screen. That being said, I thought Spy would be fine at best, and I ended up laughing my ass off. I can't explain it because I don't love Melissa McCarthy, but I was dying. Like getting nasty looks, dying. Statham especially was excellent.
12:09PM on 05/11/2017

This looks so bad...

It's just a gross out comedy that we have seen a hundred times before. I love Goldie Hawn and she deserves so much better than this garbage.

Baywatch even looks like its focusing on gross humor and that looks super shitty as well.
It's just a gross out comedy that we have seen a hundred times before. I love Goldie Hawn and she deserves so much better than this garbage.

Baywatch even looks like its focusing on gross humor and that looks super shitty as well.
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11:23AM on 05/11/2017
This gets 7 out of 10? Nothing in any of the trailers was even remotely funny. There's no way they did that on purpose and hid all the actual funny parts in the film. This site is losing review credibility fast. This gets a 7? The same as GOTG vol 2 and only one point lower than Alien Covenant? GTFO.
This gets 7 out of 10? Nothing in any of the trailers was even remotely funny. There's no way they did that on purpose and hid all the actual funny parts in the film. This site is losing review credibility fast. This gets a 7? The same as GOTG vol 2 and only one point lower than Alien Covenant? GTFO.
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11:28AM on 05/11/2017
So because you don't like a trailer you assume than a movie THAT YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN must be bad, also? That's hilarious, dude. Get a life.
So because you don't like a trailer you assume than a movie THAT YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN must be bad, also? That's hilarious, dude. Get a life.
11:33AM on 05/11/2017
Bad trailers almost always mean bad movies. Especially with comedies. Name one bad comedy trailer that was followed by a good movie. Mik Dundee is right on the money -- this turd is hovering below 40% on RT and JoBlo is trying to elevate its crap status with a safe 7/10? That's bad journalism.
Bad trailers almost always mean bad movies. Especially with comedies. Name one bad comedy trailer that was followed by a good movie. Mik Dundee is right on the money -- this turd is hovering below 40% on RT and JoBlo is trying to elevate its crap status with a safe 7/10? That's bad journalism.
1:25PM on 05/11/2017
The reviews are pretty much on point on this site. Just because you don't like a certain actor, director or genre or a trailer does not work for you, does not equal a bad movie. But he, ignorance seems to be the new trend nowadays.
The reviews are pretty much on point on this site. Just because you don't like a certain actor, director or genre or a trailer does not work for you, does not equal a bad movie. But he, ignorance seems to be the new trend nowadays.
1:25PM on 05/11/2017
The reviews are pretty much on point on this site. Just because you don't like a certain actor, director or genre or a trailer does not work for you, does not equal a bad movie. But he, ignorance seems to be the new trend nowadays.
The reviews are pretty much on point on this site. Just because you don't like a certain actor, director or genre or a trailer does not work for you, does not equal a bad movie. But he, ignorance seems to be the new trend nowadays.
1:33PM on 05/11/2017
Do you even know what "ignorance" is? It means being uninformed, which is exactly what you are when you dismiss the gap between the critical consensus and this site's reviews. It's not my or anyone else's distaste -- it's this site's preferential treatment to untalented celebs who push an agenda. Schumer's is that the fat slut is fun and cool -- I'm not biting. You're the ignorant one for not catching on and seeing the pattern.
Do you even know what "ignorance" is? It means being uninformed, which is exactly what you are when you dismiss the gap between the critical consensus and this site's reviews. It's not my or anyone else's distaste -- it's this site's preferential treatment to untalented celebs who push an agenda. Schumer's is that the fat slut is fun and cool -- I'm not biting. You're the ignorant one for not catching on and seeing the pattern.
2:04PM on 05/11/2017
MovieMagic - dude, you're really reaching here. Do you understand the idea of film criticism? It's one person's opinion - in this case mine. I can love it, you can hate it, and we're both right. However, as you clearly haven't seen the movie maybe go see it before you venture an opinion on my credibility. And bad journalism? This is a review so it's an OPINION. In my opinion, it was funny and the only person here with an agenda seems to be you.
MovieMagic - dude, you're really reaching here. Do you understand the idea of film criticism? It's one person's opinion - in this case mine. I can love it, you can hate it, and we're both right. However, as you clearly haven't seen the movie maybe go see it before you venture an opinion on my credibility. And bad journalism? This is a review so it's an OPINION. In my opinion, it was funny and the only person here with an agenda seems to be you.
2:31PM on 05/11/2017
@Movie Magic 2017 -- I don't like to rely on rotten tomatoes too much, but since you seem to be concerned with "the gap between the critical consensus"... As I'm writing this, Snatched is sitting at 40 percent...which means just under half of all reviewers gave this a fresh review. RT isn't a report card where anything under 60% is a failure. So...

According to RT, just about half the people who saw this movie enjoyed it.

One of them writes for this site.

Get over it. It's an opinion
@Movie Magic 2017 -- I don't like to rely on rotten tomatoes too much, but since you seem to be concerned with "the gap between the critical consensus"... As I'm writing this, Snatched is sitting at 40 percent...which means just under half of all reviewers gave this a fresh review. RT isn't a report card where anything under 60% is a failure. So...

According to RT, just about half the people who saw this movie enjoyed it.

One of them writes for this site.

Get over it. It's an opinion based review about a comedy, the most subjective genre there is.
2:31PM on 05/11/2017
So strange that the people that work for this site can get so defensive; it's also just "moviemagic's opinion"
So strange that the people that work for this site can get so defensive; it's also just "moviemagic's opinion"
3:09PM on 05/11/2017
Right? Way to sic the dogs on me. Watch this review be used as an example going forward.
Right? Way to sic the dogs on me. Watch this review be used as an example going forward.
3:21PM on 05/11/2017
Wait, the writers are defensive to people calling them out on their opinion while contibuting to this site? How can that be??? Don't like the review? Grab your bags and get your asses to your rotten tomatoes. ;)
Wait, the writers are defensive to people calling them out on their opinion while contibuting to this site? How can that be??? Don't like the review? Grab your bags and get your asses to your rotten tomatoes. ;)
4:21PM on 05/11/2017
Rotten Tomatoes has zero credibility after the GhostbusTURDS remake got 73%. It's just my opinion. Art aka film is subjective, it's all opinion. I never let a review decide anything for me. Didn't mean to offend the reviewer with my comment/opinion just like I'm sure they didn't mean to offend me with their review/opinion.
Rotten Tomatoes has zero credibility after the GhostbusTURDS remake got 73%. It's just my opinion. Art aka film is subjective, it's all opinion. I never let a review decide anything for me. Didn't mean to offend the reviewer with my comment/opinion just like I'm sure they didn't mean to offend me with their review/opinion.
11:18AM on 05/11/2017
I might watch this just for Goldie Hawn.
I might watch this just for Goldie Hawn.
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11:27AM on 05/11/2017
I'm a Goldie fan as well. I feel sorry for her having to endure a film shoot with schumer and having the film dragged down by the cancerous stigma schumer brings with her. I just can't stand her and refuse to give her money. I will however catch it on a netflix dvd.
I'm a Goldie fan as well. I feel sorry for her having to endure a film shoot with schumer and having the film dragged down by the cancerous stigma schumer brings with her. I just can't stand her and refuse to give her money. I will however catch it on a netflix dvd.
12:35PM on 05/11/2017
Yeah, same here.
Yeah, same here.
+2
10:49AM on 05/11/2017
Nothing in the trailers and commercials has looked funny. Will probably skip in theaters and give it a shot if I ever catch it on FX like I did Trainwreck.
Nothing in the trailers and commercials has looked funny. Will probably skip in theaters and give it a shot if I ever catch it on FX like I did Trainwreck.
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10:48AM on 05/11/2017

Nope

Schumer is cancer.
Schumer is cancer.
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10:39AM on 05/11/2017
Looks awful.
Looks awful.
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