Jonathan Levine's Movie "Snatched" Didn't Appeal Much

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The film is a 2017 action comedy that follows a mother and daughter through an unexpected adventure when a vacation goes wrong. The film's hyper and disjointed second-half disintegration is so bad as to make Atlanta Falcons fans take pity. Snatched does much worse by having Emily let it all hang out without a hint of the savage self-awareness or sly feminism with which Schumer, not always perfectly, infused her show.

"Despite being a showcase for two of the greatest living comic actors, Schumer and Goldie Hawn, Snatched, which opens on Friday, isn't even airplane fare-not even on a transatlantic flight without laptops".

There's a scene in the beginning where Linda while peeking through her blinds and checking her locks, tells her daughter to be careful of a crime that happened in a completely different area than where she lives.

Snatched tried rewrite the way audiences look at the mother-daughter comedy. Of course, the situation is just there to set up the jokes, and if the gags were funnier, the movie might have been saved. While there, we chatted with Feige and Levine about the appeal of female-driven stories, Levine's unpredictable resume and why he was drawn to the mother-daughter dynamic, and their favorite insane story with their moms.

Not to leave out the other cast of characters who helped propel this film: Wanda Sykes as the unusual, yet resourceful fellow vacationer in the resort was genius, along with her strangely mute friend played by Joan Cusack. As with most of the supporting characters, Ruth and Barb are one-dimensional jokes that wend their way in and out of the story as needed for the plot and to punch-up the humor. With two non-refundable tickets in hand, Emily invites her mother Linda (Hawn), a reclusive woman living with her cats and agoraphobic son (Ike Barinholtz). Of course they manage a rather implausible escape and have to work their way through the Amazon to get help at a USA embassy.

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Emily Middleton, the thirtysomething New Yorker that Amy Schumer plays in Snatched, is a gross miscalculation of a character.

The limited scope of their characters' relationship is a waste of Schumer and Hawn's comedic talent. Then, Emily convinces Linda to take Michael's place.

Director Jonathan Levine ("The Night Before") manages to wring a fairly amusing romp out of what could have been a wet towel of a movie. Their fraught attempts at locating the United States embassy for help becomes even more comical and complicated when their fate rests in the hands of co-dependent agoraphobic son/brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz). They also find a brief ally in a swaggering Indiana Jones type (Christopher Meloni, a black belt at this whole comic machismo thing) who offers to guide these two helpless women safely through the brush.

Emily, for instance, suddenly falls ill only to wake up in the care of a village doctor. But it's not a dream sequence; it's a mad scramble to keep this comedy at 90 minutes, logic - and timing - be damned.

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