SNATCHED (R13, 90 MINS), DI­RECTED BY JONATHAN LEVINE,

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT -

It should have been com­edy gold. You’ve got the love­able com­edy queen, Goldie Hawn, fi­nally back on the big screen af­ter a 15-year hia­tus. You’ve got Amy Schumer, the cur­rent bad girl of com­edy, rid­ing a high since her 2015 smash hit Train­wreck. You’ve even got a stel­lar sup­port­ing cast that in­cludes Wanda Sykes, Ike Bar­in­holtz and (a mute, but still funny) Joan Cusack.

Yet while Snatched may be many things, com­edy gold isn’t one of them.

The film starts out promis­ing enough. Schumer is in her el­e­ment as the self-ab­sorbed, selfie-tak­ing party girl Emily, who gets fired from her re­tail job, then dumped by her muso boyfriend.

Stuck with two tick­ets to Ecuador and un­able to per­suade any of her friends to join her, Emily hits up her mum, Linda (Hawn), to help her ‘‘put the fun in non-re­fund­able’’.

Linda, a di­vorced, anx­i­etyrid­den cat lady, takes a bit of con­vinc­ing: ‘‘Ev­ery­body knows

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