You couldn’t help but root for Amy Schumer in her movie premiere from 2015, Trainwreck. Now that was a romantic comedy that showed off every bid of her wit and wisdom, as she wrote and starred as a woman who learned from life and about herself to grow into something special. The direction of prolific hit-maker Judd Apatow certainly didn’t hurt.
For her follow-up, Schumer chose Snatched. With Katie Dippold, she who gave us the latest Ghostbusters, on pen, and Jonathan Levine, a relative newcomer whose latest was the Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt farce The Night Before directing, this one was destined toward the madcap.
We meet Schumer as Emily in a clothing store, apparently witlessly shopping for new stuff to line her suitcase for an upcoming romantic getaway to Ecuador. Then we find out she’s the sales person, boring the heck out of a customer and placing the final straw with her boss. After that firing, she meets her rockstar-on-the-rise boyfriend for lunch. He dumps her.
Yes, Emily’s cluelessness to life around her is sad and funny as mom sees her postings on social media and, per usual, rushes in to help.
Emily talks mom into taking that trip to Ecuador with her.
Goldie Hawn is quite a trip as Linda, a mother scared of the third world and as over-protective as they come.
The rest, as they say, goes as according to script. Of course daughter does not listen. Of course something bad does happen. Of course there’s not much new ground being turned up here.
It’s good to see Hawn strong at 71, and with a part that gives a nod to her chops.
Ike Barinholtz earns yucks as an agaraphobic and nerdy older brother who can’t stand to let his ma-Ma out of his sight.
Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack send out several ripples of humor as a traveling pair with advice and action to share, and Christopher Meloni sparks briefly as a big fish who turns out to be an odd duck.
But the star is Schumer, all the way, as Emily fights off bad guys in the Amazon and the struggles of being herself.
At the 6:50 p.m. Friday showing in the Regal Cinema big theater at Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA, I found my brain exclaiming “Oh, no!” at many of her situations and solutions while my gut was emitting out-loud laughter. And snorts. I was the loud one out of the 100 or so watchers of all ages, earning admonishment from my dear wife Karen. Walking out, though, she admitted fondness for the humor, too.