Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Katie Dippold
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 30 min.
This is one of the dumbest movies I’ve seen since, well, last year, with The Brothers Grimsby, or the year before that with, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 or The Wedding Ringer, or even back in 2014, with Sex Tape or Tammy. Snatched unabashedly continues the current Hollywood tradition of setting up a half decent excuse for a comedy, only to fill it with obnoxious characters and unrealistic set pieces.
Snatched paints its two-dimensional characters with a dumb broad brush, and makes 90 minutes feel like an eternity. Who on earth thought an audience wanted to see Amy Schumer whine like a bratty teenager for 90 minutes? Or watch Goldie Hawn become that ‘cat lady?’ Both women are so much better than this, that I have to wonder if they lost a bet or were blackmailed into doing this horrible film.
Add to this a completely infuriating man-child performance from Ike Barinholtz, and you’ve got the makings of a completely boneheaded flick with no idea how to balance its drama, action, and comedy. The mother/daughter moments are cheesy and badly acted, and most of the jokes telegraph their arrival before landing with an embarrassing thud. Not even Joan Cusack, who turns in the best performance as a former covert-op agent (without a single line of dialogue too) can save this crappy film.
Usually I’d say keep your expectations low, but that feels unreasonable to ask at this point. I guess, if you were entertained by films like Tammy and Sex Tape, you’ll probably find something to enjoy in Snatched. If you prefer your comedy grow out of realistic situations, populated by characters that aren’t whiny adult baby snowflakes, then stay away.
Ike Barinholtz. A horrible character and an over the top performance.