Plot: What’s it about?
I’ll admit that I haven’t quite jumped on the Amy Schumer bandwagon quite yet. I don’t actively dislike her, but I really don’t get her appeal. Surprisingly enough, Snatched still remains perfectly watchable despite her being front and center. It may or may not come as a surprise that all the supporting characters get more laughs than her. Still, she does a capable job here, though I doubt she’ll attract new fans with this film. It should still please those who like her already and are looking for a breezy and mildly entertaining flick. It might evaporate from memory the moment its moment, but it’s not bad while it lasts.
Schumer plays Emily Middleton. Things aren’t really going her way. Not only is she fired from her retail job, but her boyfriend just broke up with her as well. The two of them were planning a trip to Ecuador, but obviously the two of them won’t be going now. Since Emily purchased non-refundable tickets, she asks her mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to go. Despite being hesitant at first, she eventually agrees and the two of them are off. Once in Ecuador, the two of them relax by the pool and Emily drinks heavily. She convinces her mom to go out with her one night, and it’s then that she’s hit on by a seemingly harmless man named James (Tom Bateman). Things are fine at first, but one day while traveling, Emily and her mother are kidnapped. All seems hopeless until Emily’s dimwit brother, Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) gets involved. There are several funny exchanges between him and an officer at the U.S. State Department. We also get some funny performances from a tour guide who doesn’t know nearly as much as he thinks and Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack as two vacationers who help Emily and her mother.
Ultimately, Snatched proves just entertaining enough to warrant a viewing. There are several funny sight gags and some fun exchanges between many of the characters. Some moments get a bit too gross for my liking and the film can lag at times. Still, I had a good bit of fun with it. I still don’t think it’ll garner Schumer any new fans (and really, I’m still not one), but she’s at least tolerable here. I do have to wonder if a different actress was cast instead of her if I might’ve enjoyed the film a bit more. As I mentioned earlier, I was surprised that a lot of the supporting characters get more laughs than her. For breezy escapism that doesn’t ask a lot of its audience, you can do a lot worse.
Video: How’s it look?
If you judge a movie by it’s cover (and who doesn’t) then it might be said that the palm trees on the front set the stage for a tropical movie. And you’d be right. Fox’s 2.39:1 AVC HD image basks in the glow of the tropics and it makes for a very satisfying and colorful presentation. Granted, the movie is new to the format and the additional HDR of the 4K version does add a bit of depth and color saturation to the transfer, but as per usual the Blu-ray looks just fine by itself. On a personal note, I do have to say that Goldie Hawn looks pretty good for her age (72 as of this writing). Yes, I realize she’s had some work done, but still…
Audio: How’s it sound?
If you’re hoping for a next generation Dolby Atmos mix, keep hoping because neither the 4K version of the Blu-ray has one. And it doesn’t need it. This is a comedy and, by and large, they don’t really “need” those sorts of tracks to improve your experience. Vocals are fine, sharp and crisp. Directional effects are there, but the surrounds don’t play too big of a part. It’s a front-heavy and dialogue heavy comedy that’s sure to please.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Audio Commentary – Director Jonathan Levine gives a pretty candid and, at times, hilarious account of the film. Working with a film legend in Goldie Hawn and the always unpredictable Amy Schumer, Levine manages to fill the 90 minutes with a lot of chatter and information about the shoot.
- Deleted Scenes – I don’t know why these couldn’t have been combined with those below, but nevertheless some of these from the cutting room floor are presented.
- Extended and Alternate Scenes – The always “they’re not that much different” than what you saw applies here.
- Gag Reel – Admittedly, my normal response is “shenanigans on the set!” but these are actually pretty funny.
The Bottom Line
I won’t say I’m a new fan of Amy Schumer, but Snatched is still pretty entertaining and passes the time quickly. The supporting cast here gets more laughs than our lead, but Schumer is at least decent here. Rent it.