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Snatched

Year: 2017
Production Co: Chernin Entertainment
Studio: 20 Century Fox
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Katie Dippold
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack

There seems to be a lot of goodwill about this movie, firstly because Amy Schumer is a great comic actress who does self-depreciating and accessible better than almost any other female performer around, and secondly because Goldie Hawn has such history in Hollywood and hasn't been on screens in over a decade.

But the love for Hawn is a bit like the Oscar they gave Scorsese for The Departed – more a symbol of love for past glory rather than any achievement here. She acts fine enough but it's hard to look away from – and it's hard not to notice how little comment there is about – how awful she looks, stuffed full of botox and plastic surgery.

(Yes, I'm aware of how sexist that sounds and how it shouldn't have anything to do with criticism of the movie – we don't obsess over male stars' looks in movies, do we? First of all yes we do, and if a male star made himself look as sad and ridiculous as Hawn obviously has to chase his youth I'd comment on it just as readily. The film industry just happens to value youth in women so male actors aren't under as much pressure to look young for as long in their careers. Is that fair? Absolutely not. Is it Goldie's fault? Absolutely not. Is this review a place for that very lengthy and worthy debate? Unfortunately no.)

Schumer does her thing really well – she has a great sense for comedy and how funny the little, well-timed things can be – so it's a shame how dumb the movie around her is.

The story is that the irresponsible Emily (Schumer, playing the same character she did in Trainwreck) has a trip to South America and when her boyfriend dumps her she ends up with nobody else to ask apart from her fussy, overprotective and paranoid mother Linda (Hawn).

No sooner do they arrive than they're swindled by a con man and kidnapped by fearsome gangsters, landing them in just the kind of trouble Linda was always warning about but Emily thought was ridiculous. What follows is a long chase scene as they extricate themselves from the kidnappers' clutches in circumstances that only make their ringleader more bloodthirsty.

There's a subplot involving Wanda Skyes and an unrecognisable Joan Cusack as American holidaymakers that are just as paranoid as Linda, another about Linda's stay at home son and Emily's brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) and his efforts to get the state department to intervene, and even though there are a few chuckles in them they're as stupid as the rest of the movie overall. The only reason to watch it is for Schumer's talent doing her shtick, but one of her stand-up shows would contain a lot less superfluous fluff.

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