'Snatched' is classic Schumer humor without the heart of 'Trainwreck'

It's been two years' since Amy Schumer's critically-acclaimed Trainwreck, and the comedian has hardly become complacent. In the interim, Schumer won an Emmy and then wrapped a season of Inside Amy Schumer, published The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, and wrote a screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence.

Her latest film venture, the mother-daughter buddy-com Snatched, co-starring Goldie Hawn, isn't a Trainwreck-level breakthrough, and Schumer is in a much brighter public spotlight than she was in 2015. Mashable's Angie Han described the film as a "wasted opportunity" in which the leads outshine the story, and critics generally agreed that there is little beyond the surface.

Find out what critics thought of Snatched below.

 

Schumer & Hawn

Owen Glieberman, Variety:

Schumer is a virtuoso of cringe comedy. When her character, Emily, gets fired, and is then dumpedby her boyfriend, her mixture of pathological self-doubt and clueless egomania is served up with a candor you cant stop gawking (or giggling) at. You may feel like youd follow her anywhere...Schumer does something even a lot of trained actresses dont: She lets the feelings the icky, squirmy, uncomfortable ones come right through her skin. When she runs to the bathroom to prep for her evening with James, she gets caught, with the door open, in a compromising position, and Schumer makes it feel like a compressed stand-up routine (Have you ever gone to the ladies room to clean your?). Shes a completely original presence, like Ann-Margret with the soul of an eager neurotic gopher, and she uses it to signify the jitters and dreams of a blessedly ordinary woman.

A.O. Scott, The New York Times:

Schumer is committed to consistency, or at least to exploiting a successful and familiar persona. She has become more or less what Will Ferrell was a decade and a half ago: the likable embodiment of various forms of human unpleasantness, a soft-bodied clown whose immunity to shame represents an appealing kind of innocence.

Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter:

Youve seen this girl before: Irresponsible, irrepressible, savagely self-deprecating and potty-mouthed to the extreme its classic Amy Schumer, and reactions to Snatched may indeed boil down to how one feels about the leading lady. Sloppy, sexual, unapologetic about her body and its various functions, Schumers comic persona similar to that of Lena Dunham, her sister in glorious female chaos forces us to confront gender double standards. Thats why, like Dunham, Schumer is polarizing. Thats also, combined with her undeniable skill and charisma, what makes her a bracing alternative to the usual rom-com queens and brom-com kings. Schumers presence in a movie is a mark, if not necessarily of quality, at least of novelty.

Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast:

Schumer is an expert at not just sending up the self-absorbed white girl, but finding a way to deepen the characterization beyond the comedy tropein other words, to sustain more than just a comedy sketch, but an entire movie...Schumer is great at projecting confidence that presents itself as painfully awkward, but also at underwriting all her comedy bitseven the tired selfie oneswith insecurity.

 

The return of Goldie Hawn:

Owen Glieberman, Variety:

Hawn, in theory at least, is supposed to be playing one of those cranky maternal comic nightmares, like Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment or Postcards from the Edge or to tie it to the franchise era of Mothers-Day-weekend-as-marketing concept Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law. But Hawns whole shtick as an actress is that she always insists, deep down, on being cuddly and likable. Linda gets her token lines of sniping, but its not funny sniping (the insults are too soft-edged; they arent allowed to be brittle), and this means that the movies mother-daughter jokes are like firecrackers with damp fuses.

A.O. Scott, The New York Times:

Emilys mom, Linda, is played by Goldie Hawn, who has been funny for a good half-century (going back to Laugh-In) and who is cruelly and inexplicably denied that privilege here. Linda, long-divorced and devoted to her two children...functions as an uptight, anxious foil to her wildly undisciplined daughter. In principle that may be a slightly stale premise. In practice its just dull, and its frustrating to see Ms. Hawn robbed the opportunity to be silly.

 

TL;DR:

Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter:

That's a lot of anticipation to bog down any film let alone something as featherweight as Snatched, a fitfully amusing, entirely disposable mother-daughter caper that's elevated a notch by its gifted central duo and capable direction from Jonathan Levine. Schumer and Hawn know what funny looks and sounds like, and they lend their dialogue and gags no matter how tepid enough snap and personality to distract you, at least some of the time, from the utter laziness of the material. To put it bluntly: They're worth watching even in junk like this.

Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast:

Is Snatched as good as Trainwreck, or Bridesmaids, or Spy, or even Neighbors or 21 Jump Street, all included in the recent revival of broadly appealing R-rated comedies that moved the ball forward in terms of the interplay of raunch and humanity in humornot to mention, in some cases, the dynamism of women in film? Wellno. But is it bad? Or unfunny? Certainly not. Its hard to write about a movie that you liked, but didnt love or loathe.

Matt Goldberg, Collider:

Snatched wont upend the R-rated comedy genre, nor is it trying to. It knows its wants to be an R-rated mother-daughter comedy complete with dark comedy and gross-out humor. Everyone acquits themselves well, and while it may not be a game-changer, it shouldnt have to be. Its a painfully funny comedy that has a good heart at its center. Thats more than enough.

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