On paper, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn may seem like a bit of an no-brainer mother-daughter pairing for a movie, especially one that sends them through an off-kilter, screwball adventure through the Amazonian jungles of South America. So with a prime early summer release date, it’s easy to see why Snatched is being set up as one of 20th Century Fox’s biggest comedies of the year, one that hopes to capitalize on Schumer’s current popularity enough to be an early breakout hit for what is going to be an undoubtedly packed summer season. It’s just a shame, then, that Snatched never quite feels funny or original enough to be worthy of such distinction.
Right off the bat, it doesn’t help that Schumer and Hawn wind up being the weakest members of a surprisingly strong cast of comedic players. The duo play Emily and Linda Middleton, an estranged mother and daughter with very different personalities. The aimless Emily is unable to realize that her party girl schtick may finally be wearing thin, while Linda is a reclusive divorcee living with her cats.
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