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Proof that comedies need more than a funny cast to garner laughter

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This past Mother’s Day weekend, Goldie Hawn makes her return to the silver screen alongside comedienne Amy Schumer in their new comedy “Snatched.” Despite occasional laughs, the movie’s hilarious cast do not make up for film’s poor writing.

“Snatched” begins after Schumer’s character “Emily” is broken up with by her boyfriend right before they’re non-refundable vacation to Ecuador. After inviting her mother, played by Hawn, to join her on the vacation in his place, the pair are captured and spend the movie escaping their kidnappers.

The screenplay is written by Katie Dipploid, best known for her wildly hilarious movie, “The Heat.” “Snatched” provides an interesting pitch, but the movie suffers from terrible execution.

For example, “Snatched” whisks through scenes with slapstick humor and predictable jokes, not allowing for believable or impactful emotional weight. This is most obvious when Hawn’s character, “Linda,” fights with Amy’s character Emily during their escape from the kidnappers, in which Hawn recites a monolog about the challenges of being a single mother. Because the moment is sandwiched between scenes filled with slapstick humor, the monolog does not strike viewers like it should.

The film also suffers from lazy writing, best observed when Schumer’s character unexpectedly faints. Schumer’s character Emily is told she has a tapeworm after awakening in a random village with hardly an explanation of how she or her mother arrived there.

Despite being a comedy, the film offers a few action scenes, riddled with epic music, dramatic sound effects and ineffective cinematography that contribute to the film’s unnecessary cheesiness. There’s also a host of cheesy predictable lines throughout the movie that take away from the film’s humor, causing many of the audience members around me to roll their eyes.

The film’s one saving grace, however, is its cast. Despite poor writing and bland humor, the funny cast makes the most with what they’re given. Alongside Schumer and Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz try to save Schumer and Hawn from their kidnappers, hilariously playing a fellow traveler and Schumer’s brother, respectively. These four occasionally provide funny moments, but they’re fleeting and fairly unmemorable.

Ultimately, “Snatched” suffers from poor writing and editing, and its stellar cast cannot save the movie from its drawbacks. It’s unfortunate that my ticket, like Schumer’s trip to Ecuador, was non-refundable.

Rating: 2/5

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