Kidnapped in paradise, sounds fun right?


Certificate: 15

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Director: Jonathan Levine

Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz  and Christopher Meloni

(Movie House Cinemas press screening)


Emily Middleton is dumped days before her romantic exotic trip to Ecuador and in turn convinces her fail safe mother to join her, leading to an array of interesting adventures.

‘This is the closest they’ve been in years.’


Snatched stars Amy Schumer as ‘Emily Middleton’, a somewhat privileged blonde who believes that her life is determined by posting pictures on Facebook, getting blind drunk and telling anyone who will listen about her romantic trip to Ecuador. That is until her musician boyfriend breaks up with her days before their trip.

Cue Goldie Hawn in her first role in fifteen years as ‘Linda Middleton’ who plays her bubble wrapped mummy who is obsessed with cats, checks her locks 3 times before bed and doesn’t mind that her fully grown son (Ike Barinholtz) still lives at home because he’s too afraid to go outside.

The film is directed by Jonathan Levine who in the past has directed the likes of Warm Bodies, 50/50 and The Wackness but with his newest debut rated at 2.6 out of 10 on IMDB, Snatched doesn’t seem to hit the mark.

The narrative kicks off when Emily’s hopes and dreams for her trip, come crashing down around her because her dirt bag musician boyfriend wants to see new things. In the real world, this would have been solved by her boyfriend paying his fare but in Amy Schumer world, we wouldn’t have had a plot to carry through the movie.

She decides to take her mother instead who is so horrified at the fact the trip is non-refundable, she feels that she has no choice but to accompany her daughter and mainly to keep her safe.

The escapades commence upon arrival at their hotel when the carefree cannon Emily meets a handsome mysterious man called James who takes her out for a night of adventures and gives her a taster of the high life in South America.

The comedic scenes between her and James are like those that you’ve seen in Trainwreck, gross explicit humour and plenty of visual gags to tie you over until the next punchline which you would except from Schumer.

There are plenty of red flags about Ecuador dangled in front of the Middleton’s particularly from Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack’s characters, who warn Emily about the dangers of South America claiming that 1 in 4 people are kidnapped.

There are very few funny moments in the movie and there mainly provided by Sykes and Cusack. All of these factors add up to set the tone for the duration of the film and on the next day Emily and her mother Linda are taken out on a day trip by James and in turn … wait for it… are kidnapped.

From here onward the film follows the stereotypical buddy comedy arc with incident after incident that you would except from this type of movie from Schumer. The two main characters are forced to work together to get themselves out of a number of sticky situations and come to terms with their relationship as mother and daughter.

But what it really does is drive them further apart, due to the fact the characters only come to terms with their insecurities at the very end of the movie and we see no real development of their characters the whole way through.

The film also does absolutely nothing for the actress’s development either. After not acting in fifteen years Goldie Hawn picked a movie that pushes her so far in the background and leaves her character with not many stand out moments.

It’s as if she was cast to make Schumer look better, when in other movies like Death Becomes Her she effortlessly steals the show. Many of the jokes are centred around Schumer’s character, who once again like in Trainwreck is just playing herself.

There are a few strong moments in the movie particularly the scenes with Christopher Meloni, who plays an Indiana Jones style character who comes to their rescue while the girls are on the run. The film flows quite well and although the plot is lacking in some areas, there is a definite theme throughout that is followed.


If you’re a fan of Amy Schumer and her style of comedy than this would be a perfect for you. If you’re a fan of a movie within an inch of intelligence then I would suggest going to see absolutely anything else.

Written by Therese Rea



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