SNATCHED

Soft­core Hawn…

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Kid­nap­pers are go­ing for, go­ing for… Goldie!

Full of raunchy, girl-pow­ered fun, Amy Schumer’s sec­ond big-screen out­ing is no Train­wreck. But it’s no train wreck, ei­ther. A mum-and-me twist on the buddy movie sees Schumer’s flakey screw-up Emily and her su­per-cau­tious mum Linda (a wry and un­der­stated Goldie Hawn) kid­napped on an Ecuador va­ca­tion.

Chock­ful of Schumer’s trade­mark ‘la­dy­jerk’ schtick, its early scenes linger on her loser-life and man-hun­gry an­tics. So di­rec­tor Jonathan Levine (creator of quirky lad-coms like The Night Be­fore), has to rat­tle through the bun­gles-in-the­jun­gle sto­ry­line at speed, as the pair be­come the mov­ing tar­gets of a ruth­less gang boss. Rather than ac­tion thrills, their vi­o­lent en­coun­ters and in­ept es­capes go for broad, sketch-com­edy yuks, though Schumer can’t de­liver the slap­stick that made sim­i­lar odd-cou­pler The Heat siz­zle.

But where it lacks Judd Apa­tow-style big heart, there’s breezy black com­edy for com­pen­sa­tion. Rev­el­ling in ca­sual killings and gross-out gags ga­lore (every­thing from rogue tits to tape­worm re­moval), it’s an un­abashedly brash com­edy, de­spite the oblig­a­tory mother-daugh­ter emo­tional jour­ney. Hawn gets far too few chances to show her com­edy chops, though Ike Bar­in­holtz’s ago­ra­pho­bic mama’s-boy sib­ling is a hoot. But Schumer, fear­lessly game for any­thing, pulls the film through like a plough-horse. Kate Sta­bles

Emily’s Latin get­away isn’t quite the hol­i­day she’d hoped for…

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