Snatched (2017) Review

Keeva Stratton

Film Expert

Mother and daughter must put their differences aside, if they are going to survive an unexpected twist in their unplanned vacation.

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Emily is struggling with adult life. She is unable to keep her job at a local clothing boutique because she’s inept at selling, and cares only for herself. Her boyfriend’s band has finally found some success, so he dispenses with her too, and her mother has grown tired of her childlike behaviour.

With a non-refundable trip to Ecuador booked, and nobody willing to replace her now ex-boyfriend, she has little choice but to invite her risk-averse mum. This is not her preferred choice for a trip that Emily fully intends to dance, drink and party through.

Off to a rocky start, they soon find themselves enjoying the sun. But, when Emily brings home a boy from the bar, things start to go awry—and they soon find themselves in pretty serious circumstances.

Snatched is a funny take on a mother-daughter comedy, which benefits greatly from the talents of Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. Indeed, it is the women that carry this film, with Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes also delivering the laughs.

Schumer seems willing to take risks in order to represent the worst of her generation, providing many genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments. She is honest in depicting the more frightful moments of the modern dating scene, and perhaps the consequence of our Insta-worthy lives.

Countering her extremes is Goldie Hawn, whose understated wit offers a welcome counterbalance. Everyone wants Goldie to be their mum (sorry Mum!), and while not everyone wants to be like Amy, we might have to admit we’ve all been there to some degree during our more poorly behaved younger years—might.

The plot is a little ludicrous, and like the jungles in which it’s set, it’s a pretty wild ride. If you like your humour shocking, you’ll get a lot of joy from Snatched, but others might be left wishing someone would kidnap them from this no-holds-barred offering.

While Snatched doesn’t quite reach the heights set by Trainwreck, it offers enough shocking laughs for a good night out with friends.


Director: Jonathan Levine

Stars: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele

Runtime: 90 mins

Release Date: May 11

Rating: MA 15+

Reviewer Rating: 3/5


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