This week on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and director Jonathan Levine is a mother-daughter duo that get “Snatched.”
Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) is excited for her vacation with boyfriend Michael (Randall Park) to the exotic country of Ecuador. Of course what she isn’t expecting is that Michael is about to break off their relationship leaving Emily high and dry.
Sitting at home with her cats is Linda Middleton (Goldie Hawn) who misses her daughter Emily. She calls her daughter and discovers that Emily is single again. Immediately Linda wants her home to help through the heartbreak. Not home five minutes, Emily is confronted by brother Jeff (Ike Barinholtz) and sibling craziness happens.
Trying to find someone to take the trip, Emily finds a scrapbook of her mother’s early adventurous years and decides to convince Linda to go. Using the words “non-refundable tickets” might have been the catalyst as the two women find themselves in Ecuador.
Trying to catch sun and enjoy themselves, Linda tends to be a bit of a helicopter Mom. Emily just wants Mom to have a good time and loosen up a bit. They also meet Ruth (Wanda Sykes) and militant partner Barb (Joan Cusack) who tell the duo to be careful and trust no one on their trip.
That doesn’t stop Emily from meeting James (Tom Bateman) who sweeps her up as they get out on their own adventure. Mom Linda is happy sitting in her room reading a book when Emily returns to let her know that James wants them both to take off on a jeep ride.
Linda isn’t thrilled but agrees to go and after less than half an hour on the road, the jeep is t-boned out of the blue. When the ladies wake up they are not where they started out. It becomes clear that they are being held for ransom. Trying to escape brings even more trouble as Morgado (Oscar Jaenada) is determined to take out both women.
Trying to get through the jungle they meet Roger Simmons (Christopher Meloni) who isn’t much help and Dr. Armando (Arturo Castro) who has an ingenious way to get out a tape worm. While all this is going on, brother Jeff has contacted the US Government in the form of Morgan Russell (Bashir Salahuddin) demanding help or else as an exchange of testosterone happens between the two.
But this is women’s work, especially when Linda is taken leaving Emily, Ruth and Barb to get badass and go commando (not literally thank gawd) to set things right in a crazy showdown!
Schumer as Emily gives us a wise cracker city girl who doesn’t have it together in the slightest. Boyfriend Michael attempts to make her aware of this fact but doesn’t get very far. It is quite easy to see Schumer in this role which is probably why it seemed effortless. Undetermined to lose out on a trip and no one else wants to go; taking Mom is the last resort. I mean who really wants to take an exotic trip with their mother (says the Mom writing this review).
Hawn as Linda has cut herself off from the world and become not only a cat lady, but a cat lady who has a grown son still living at home that she cooks for. That might possibly be lower than a cat lady on the lonely lady scale actually. Hawn lets Schumer take the reigns on humor while she embraces the Mom-knows-best role.
Barinholtz as Jeffrey is just plain weird in the way he says “mama”, that being said he does take on a government official when he learns that both “mama” and Emily are in trouble. Okay, Barinholtz made me laugh up to the very end and his reference on “Game of Thrones” was awesome and I plan to use it myself someday.
Bateman as James is as cute as he wants to be and when he’s nice to Schumer’s character you kind of feel like ‘that’s sweet’ yet there is that pit that says ‘yea, not so sweet’. Sykes as Ruth is awesomely talkative delivering lines only Sykes could make you believe. Her stories are long and drawn out which makes you scream in your head ‘get to the frakken point’ yet not. Cusack as Barb is quiet and deadly which makes her only a fraction more frightening than Sykes’ character.
Shout out to Park as boyfriend Michael because he couldn’t have explained himself any clearer and honest if he tried yet I still couldn’t stop laughing. Also Salahuddin as Morgan who doesn’t take garbage from anyone – except if you threaten with “Game of Thrones!”
Other cast includes Damion Scandrick as the Kidnapper, Nicholas Lockwood as Jacob, Pedro Haro as Maco, and Tom Choi as the Colonel.
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“Snatched” brings the comedy of Schumer and Hawn as a mother and daughter who won’t admit that they are a lot alike. Emily just wants to have some fun and maybe even a little romance in her unemployed life and Hawn just wants to read a book. Trying to find common ground is what being adults is all about, well maybe some adults.
This is a fast paced comedy that doesn’t have much down time in the telling. Jumping from screw up to screw up means fast lines and fast action so do try to keep up.
The Blu-ray and DVD have Special Features of Deleted Scenes, Extended and Alternate Scenes, Gag Reel and Director Commentary by Jonathan Levine. “Snatched” also comes with Digital HD making it easier to view from your television, computer, Tablet and Smartphone.
In the end – this is the closest they’ve been in years!