Here’s a short list of recent mother/adult child comedies: “The Guilt Trip” starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, “The Meddler” starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding” starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” starring Nia Vardalos and Elena Kampouris. Know what they all have in common? They are unwatchable.
Make room for Snatched (20th Century Fox) on that list. Inappropriate and pathetic woman-baby Emily (Amy Schumer in desperate need of a new shtick) is dumped by her boyfriend Michael (Randall Park), just as his band is “blowing up.” Recently canned from her salesclerk job at a women’s clothing store, Emily must find a travel companion for the non-refundable trip to Ecuador she booked and planned to take with Michael.
Meanwhile, somewhere in suburbia, Emily’s divorced, worry-wart, borderline cat-lady mother Linda (Goldie Hawn in her first film in 15 years!) lives with Emily’s uber-nerd man-child brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz). Whining and eventually wearing her down, Emily convinces Linda to put the “fun” in non-refundable ticket and join her on the Ecuadorean escape.
While sitting by the pool and drinking at 2 p.m., slathered in sunscreen by her mother, Emily and Linda make the acquaintance of a pair of butch platonic friends Ruth (Wanda Sykes) and retired special ops agent Barb (Joan Cusack). Shortly thereafter, Emily catches the eye of hot guy James (Tom Bateman), who sees her as an easy mark. He takes Emily to a dance party out in the countryside, and the next day, accompanied by the suspicious Linda, the threesome ventures even deeper into parts unknown. Before you can say Taken, the women are abducted and held for ransom by the wicked Morgado (Oscar Jaenada).
Transported to Colombia, Emily and Linda manage to escape their captors. After encountering Roger (Christopher Meloni), whom they think is an adventurer and the solution to their situation, they find themselves further compromised. What follows are a series of starts and stops, including the return of Ruth and Barb, leading to a predictable conclusion. This kind of offensive, sexist and racist comedy wouldn’t be complete without some degree of gross-out humor, so there’s a truly vile sequence involving a tapeworm.
What makes Snatched especially disappointing is that it was helmed by Jonathan Levine, who previously directed better films such as “50/50” and “Warm Bodies”. If Kate McKinnon can hear this, please avoid the temptation to make this kind of movie! Rating: D+