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Snatched review – a couple of lols and the rest is downhill

The gags are frontloaded in this Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn vehicle, as humour takes second place to strenuous plotting

Katie Dippold is the screenwriter who gave us The Heat and worked on Ghostbusters and TV’s Parks and Recreation; now she has scripted an action comedy with the neat idea of pairing up Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as a hopeless mother-daughter duo. Linda and Emily Middleton are two single women going on a highly unwise intergenerational “bonding” vacation in Ecuador. And then something scary happens.

This movie has two sensational gags at the beginning: one with Schumer making conversation while trying on clothes in a store (a supporting cameo here for Katie Dippold herself) and one where Goldie Hawn misunderstands the hotel’s tradition of the welcome cocktail. But, as with most comedies, the material is frontloaded into the premise and the opening 20 minutes. Once the action starts,
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‘Snatched’ Director Jonathan Levine on Taking a More Visual Approach to Comedy [Interview]

‘Snatched’ Director Jonathan Levine on Taking a More Visual Approach to Comedy [Interview]
So far, Jonathan Levine has directed a coming-of-age movie, a zombie romance, a horror movie, a buddies night out film, a heartbreaking comedy, and now, an action-comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. With five features under his belt, the Snatched director has shown an interest and skill in making a variety of movies. His newest film, which is written by Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters), […]

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Review: ‘Snatched’ is a Tedious, Low-Energy Action Comedy

A dim-witted offering released in time for Mother’s Day, Snatched — directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Katie Dippold — is a low-energy action comedy without much laughter. (You know you’re in trouble when a frequent joke involves misunderstanding “come” for “cum.”) Much of the humor falls painfully flat as Amy Schumer does her usual shtick as Emily, a woman with deep insecurities who enjoys a party or two. Goldie Hawn, who has been absent from the silver screen since 2002’s The Banger Sisters, plays her cat-loving mom Linda. She lives with her mentally challenged son Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz), a shut-in who makes a living teaching piano lessons. When Emily breaks up with musician boyfriend, she’s stuck with a non-refundable trip to a resort in Ecuador and convinces the adventure-adverse Linda to “come” with her. She mistakes a “welcome” drink given by porters in the hotel lobby with “whale cum,
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Amy Schumer, 'Snatched' Director on Movie's Real-Life Inspirations

Amy Schumer, 'Snatched' Director on Movie's Real-Life Inspirations
Fox is likely hoping that many real mothers and daughters flock to the theater this weekend to see Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as fictional family members on a South American vacation gone wrong in Snatched.

In making the film, Schumer, director Jonathan Levine and writer Katie Dippold all drew on their own real-life experiences with their parents.

"There's a lot of my real mom in this movie," Schumer told The Hollywood Reporter at a New York screening of Snatched last week. "I added in some specific, exact things she said."

Levine, meanwhile, said he was drawn to the project...
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“Snatched” teams Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in a comedic adventure

Ever since the release of Trainwreck established Amy Schumer as a big screen comedy star, it has been a waiting game to find out how she would fair as an A list leading lady, following that hit. Schumer has already conquered the small screen with Inside Amy Schumer, but now she tries cinemas again with Snatched. It’s out today and represents the best option in theaters this week. Keep in mind, it’s not amazing, but it’s solidly entertaining and more than amusing enough to recommend. Plus, Schumer has gotten Goldie Hawn back on screens, which is an absolute delight. If you’re a fan of either, you should be in for a treat. The film is an action comedy that wants to be as much an adventure as it is a laugh riot. Emily Middleton (Schumer) is the complete opposite of her mother Linda Middleton (Hawn). In
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'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Together Is Something Special

'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Together Is Something Special
Thank goodness for Snatched, the vehicle by which Goldie Hawn returned to our movie screens after 15 long, Goldie Hawn-less years. (Her last movie was The Banger Sisters in 2002, if you can believe it.) I'm stating this up top so that if you take one thing from this review, let it be: Goldie Hawn is back, and boy, is it good to see her.

Snatched, as the title card that opens the movie so-seriously informs, is "a reckless tale" of murder and mayhem. Oh yeah, it adds, "The kidnappers did bad things too." Backtracking, we meet Emily (Amy Schumer), a floundering 30-something who is fired from her job and subsequently dumped by her boyfriend, the latter proving particularly inconvenient since she's booked a nonrefundable trip to Ecuador for two. Pressed, Emily coerces her mother, Linda Middleton (Hawn), a sad helicopter mom who used to love adventure but now loves Grey's Anatomy and Facebook fake news, to put the
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Exclusive: 'Snatched' Director Jonathan Levine on 'Half Frontal,' Tapeworms and the Return of Goldie Hawn

To entice Goldie Hawn back to the big screen -- for her first film in 15 years -- it took a special script (Snatched), a special co-star (Amy Schumer) and a special director: Jonathan Levine, whose past work includes the cancer dramedy, 50/50, and the stoner Christmas carol, The Night Before. In his latest, Levine is tackling mother-daughter bonding (and snatchin') and Et phoned the director to discuss the road to bringing Hawn out of semi-retirement, doing improv with Schumer and the movie he would like to direct with Jennifer Lawrence.

Exclusive: Amy Schumer's Guide to 5 Essential Goldie Hawn Movies to Watch Ahead of 'Snatched'

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Et: Amy said she approached Goldie on a plane and that's how she got her to star in Snatched. What was that process for you? Or, did you just get a call from Amy that was like, "Goldie is in."

Jonathan Levin: Basically
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Film Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Bring Hilarity to ‘Snatched’

Chicago – This is the Amy Schumer-in-the-movies we’ve all been waiting for… the brash zing factory who has a bit of insecurity behind her adventurous and licentious ways. Schumer teams with Goldie Hawn in a mother and daughter laugh factory called “Snatched.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

There are two names on this production team which immediately give this film some comedy credibility – screenwriter Katie Dippold and executive producer Paul Feig. This was the writer/director team which created another great female buddy comedy, “The Heat.” Like that movie, “Snatched” uses real life (and familiar) action scenarios and has a funny lady riff on them. To top it off, Amy Schumer’s character has a penchant for murdering people, which gets incredibly darker as the story goes on. This is the summer comedy that has a perfect opening on Mother’s Day weekend, especially if Mom likes to laugh.

Emily (Schumer) is hitting a severe life rut.
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Snatched – Review

It’s a big holiday weekend, so Hollywood has concocted a new flick that’s a perfect match for that very special day. It’s an ode to mothers everywhere, but it’s not sugary and sappy, no hearts and flowers here. That’s because it’s the sophomore feature film from Amy Schumer, so it’s more than a touch tart and spicy. Two years ago the superstar of stand-up and cable TV (the critical and ratings darling of Comedy Central) stormed the multiplex with the hit comedy romance (which she wrote) Trainwreck. For this follow-up , she’s decided to share the screen (top billing, above the title in the ads) with a movie veteran. Of course, she had terrific co-stars in her previous flick (Bill Hader, future Oscar-winner Brie Larson and NBA icon LeBron James, for gosh sake). But this time Amy’s part of a team similar
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'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Almost Save So-So Raunch-Com

'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Almost Save So-So Raunch-Com
There have been complaints in early reviews about Snatched being disposable junk. Huh? Let's back up a minute. The comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as mom and daughter – those words alone should mean something for film enthusiasts, and not just because Mother's Day weekend. Schumer, the baby-faced bad girl of 2.0 comedy, is teaming up with Hawn, a laugh-inducing golden girl since she won an Oscar for her breakthrough role in 1969's Cactus Flower. So, yes, we'll allow that this female raunch-com is built on a script by Katie Dippold (The Heat,
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Movie Review: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn score a few good laughs in the flimsy Snatched

Here’s one to watch, laugh at, and forget. Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer), dumped by her musician boyfriend right before a planned (and non-refundable) vacation for two in Ecuador, opts to bring along her overprotective mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), only to get herself and her mom kidnapped for ransom on their first trip outside the resort. That’s nothing to worry about, though, as mother and daughter quickly escape their captors and proceed to bump into one oddball after another as they try to make their way to an American embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. Written by Katie Dippold (The Heat, last year’s Ghostbusters) and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before), Snatched is a movie in the flimsiest sense; in terms of craftsmanship, the best that can be said is that it clears the very low bar set by the typo in the expository opening crawl. (Which raises the
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‘Snatched’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Call Amy Schumer’s Comedy ‘Lazy’ and ‘Disposable’

‘Snatched’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Call Amy Schumer’s Comedy ‘Lazy’ and ‘Disposable’
The reviews are in for Jonathan Levine’s new comedy “Snatched,” which opens in theaters this Friday, May 12. The film stars Amy Schumer as a young woman who ends up taking her ultra-cautious mother (played by Goldie Hawn) on vacation to Ecuador after her boyfriend dumps her. Their vacation turns into a trip from hell when the two get kidnapped. The film marks Hawn’s first feature in 15 years.

Read More: ‘Snatched’ Trailer: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Go On a Rowdy Mother-Daughter Trip

Goldie Hawn’s big screen return deserves better than Amy Schumer’s criminally unfunny movie,” writes IndieWire’s Kate Erbland in her D review, adding, “Eschewing the kind of flinty, in-your-face charm that made her turn in 2015’s bawdy rom-com ‘Trainwreck’ (which she both wrote and starred in) such a treat, Schumer’s role in ‘Snatched’ lands solidly in the ‘unlikable’ camp.”

Read some reviews from other critics below.
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Box Office: ‘King Arthur’ Looks Like an Epic Flop

Box Office: ‘King Arthur’ Looks Like an Epic Flop
In only the second weekend of the summer box office, the first ice-cold front approaches.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” looks to continue its reign over the box office this weekend, but it’s far from the most interesting story. That title goes to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which is anticipating an opening weekend flop of epic proportions for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Off of a $175 million production budget, not taking into account marketing costs, Guy Ritchie’s take on the medieval legend should make $25 million from over 3,600 locations.

Ritchie has seen box office glory in the past with 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” ($209 million domestic and $524 million worldwide) and its 2011 sequel, “A Game of Shadows” ($187 million, $359 million). But more recently, the director saw a similar fate with his 2015 outing for Warner Bros., “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” The film ended its run with nearly $110 million worldwide off a $75 million budget,
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Snatched Review

Good supporting characters are a godsend for any comedy, but what happens when these side-pawns overshadow leading roles? Such is the dilemma throughout Snatched. Writer Katie Dippold’s on-page strength resides in quick-jab punchlines. A wacky adventurer who speaks in catch phrases played by Christopher Meloni? Belly laughs aplenty. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn fleeing aimlessly from armed kidnappers and lush rainforest peril? There are moments, but most are expected and lacking emotional highlights. Although, less conversations are peppered with overt vulgarity than expected (a norm in today’s mainstream comedy world) – praise where praise is deserved? Not exactly perfection, but Jonathan Levine avoids directing an entirely juvenile Vacation-gone-deadly.

Schumer stars as Emily Middleton, a recently dumped mimosa-chugger with no personal direction. Hawn plays her divorced, cat-loving mother. Despite their differences (and relationship), Linda (Hawn) agrees to be Emily’s plus-one for an Ecuadorian getaway. It’s non-refundable and no
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“Snatched” Writer Katie Dippold Talks Writing Roles for Women Over 40


Katie Dippold has been a screenwriter for about a decade. She made a splash with 2013’s “The Heat,” but became a household name last year with the premiere of “Ghostbusters” — the remake that Dippold penned with director Paul Feig. Dippold’s new film, “Snatched,” stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a daughter and mother whose tropical vacation takes a sinister turn when they are kidnapped. We talked to Dippold, who has previously written episodes of “Parks and Recreation,” about her own relationship with her mother, why she likes summer popcorn movies, and her goal to include more women over 40 onscreen.

Snatched” opens this Friday, May 12.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Joseph Allen.

W&H: If I’m correct, “Snatched” is your fourth summer comedy?

Kd: Third. “Spy” was really [director Paul Feig’s] script, I did a punch-up pass on it but that was his movie, so I would call it my third.

W&H: Okay, so your third, that’s pretty impressive, so what’s the secret sauce?

Kd: That’s very nice. I don’t know, I guess it’s a strong love of a summer popcorn movie. I’m personally just always excited to go to the movies to see another movie when the summer starts. I just love those kind of movies so much, I don’t know if that bleeds into the way I write, I have no idea.

W&H: Okay I understand that. So this film is particularly personal because it’s based off of your experience, so how is that different in terms of your writing?

Kd: It was different, it felt different. It was a weird line because I would say it was inspired by my mom, and the character Linda (Goldie Hawn) reminds me a lot of my mom, but the character Emily (Amy Schumer) does not remind me so much of me.

I mean there are things I relate to in my 20s — I was a ridiculous person when I was in my 20s in New York — but for the most part it was just kind of a launching pad. I didn’t get lost in the jungle with my mom or anything, but my mom and dad were divorcing when I was in college, and while it was very friendly I noticed my mom just changed.

When I was a kid she was really adventurous and fun. She would always make crazy Halloween costumes, andI remember her waking me up to watch Princess Fergie’s wedding, I think. I can’t remember. There was a very fun spirit to her and she was pretty fearless, and I just felt like after the divorce I saw her get more cautious and cynical, and she never sounded cynical before.

She was always a very positive, hopeful person, and it was like she was expecting to be disappointed by anyone she met — not even dating. If someone was a plumber coming to work on the house, it was like “Well, how’s he going to screw me over?”

Which, by the way, he probably did, but I just hadn’t heard her talk like that before. So this was just kind of a wish fulfillment thing. What kind of adventure could I take her on that would shake that out of her and bring her back to her adventurous place?

W&H: But you didn’t go on this trip with her.

Kd: I did not go on this trip with her, but I’m going to go to Amsterdam later in the year, which I’m very excited about, and so is she, surprisingly.

W&H: Excellent! Good!

Kd: Yeah!

W&H: So was Goldie Hawn the first choice?

Kd: I’ll be honest, I had a hard time picturing anyone for either character while I was writing it, so we first sent the script to Amy and got her on board, which I was very excited about, and she really wanted Goldie and I’m very grateful for that.

Whereas before I couldn’t picture anyone, I can’t imagine anyone but Goldie now, so we really lucked out.

W&H: She hasn’t made a movie in a long time.

Kd: I know, which is crazy. She’s like a very rare gift of a performer. Watching all of her movies like “Private Benjamin,” I forgot what an amazing movie that is. It’s insane.

W&H: I just wonder, did she say why she didn’t work? Was part of it she just wanted to not work or was part of it just the parts were shitty?

Kd: I don’t know, she never said to me so I’m not sure. If I would answer that I’d be guessing and I don’t want to do that.

W&H: Okay, so I found it interesting that there’s a bunch of high-profile, female-led movies this summer. There are always a couple, but this summer feels exciting. “Wonder Woman,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Girls Trip,” your film, do you sense that summer is less dominated by the boy action heroes this summer?

Kd: I don’t know, I’ll be honest. My answer of “I don’t know” is because I’m not completely clear on what is coming this summer. So I hope there’s more options, I mean just as an audience member, I just want to be able to see a whole mix of movies, so I hope that’s the case, that would be good news.

W&H: Do you feel like things are changing a little?

Kd: I do, I mean it’s always slow. I think that it’s still a problem, but I think we’ve gone in a good direction. I think it’s still a problem with directors. It’s hard for me to be the one to complain because I’ve been in a very fortunate situation where the executives at Fox are either women or very strong feminists.

You know, [“Snatched” producers] Jenno Topping, Peter Chernin is a feminist, Paul Feig — you couldn’t get a more female-friendly male director. He loves funny women, so I’ve been working within this group and I’ve lucked out, so it’s hard for me to complain. I do think it’s still a problem, but I think it’s getting better.

W&H: It’s so interesting how Fox News folks should learn from Fox movie folks.

Kd: Right, that’s a very good point. I mean one of the more fascinating things about “Ghostbusters” and it being women was that three of them were over 40. I love Amy Pascal for green-lighting that at the time. That’s crazy in Hollywood world and I think it’s so important.

It’s so depressing that there’s this idea that your story stops at a certain age and that’s a big thing I’m fighting, and it’s a big reason why this movie exists. I want to see a woman in her 60s or 70s in a hard R action comedy.

W&H: Talk about figuring out the tone of the hard R. Your other movies weren’t as hard R as this.

Kd: It was a mix, because we wanted it to be heartfelt but we wanted it to be really funny. I didn’t want it to be soft comedy. My hope was to surprise people. It’s not a mother/daughter movie that’s all sweet, and a nice calm story. There are going to be some really surprising, shocking things in this.

I think for the first draft I turned in, it was a mix of nice mother/daughter moments, but one of the earlier scenes was the scene when she’s cleaning herself in the bathroom and she makes eye contact with James (Tom Bateman) when the door accidentally opens. So I wanted it to have a certain feeling as well, where it’s like, “you can’t show that,” but then you show that, if that makes sense. That was kind of the goal for me.

W&H: That was a funny scene. So I would imagine this film is a bit different than “Ghostbusters.” Now, a year out from “Ghostbusters,” do you have any kind of sense of hindsight as to why it became such a lightning rod?

Kd: I don’t know. For “Ghostbusters,” I get it. That film is really important to people, myself included. It always blows my mind when there’s a movie like that. To get a movie that feels like movie magic takes so many different parts and pieces to come together. The original “Ghostbusters” is grounded, it’s smart.

You have then the funniest people in the world, and really fun exciting set pieces, and you’re scared, but not too scared. It’s not dark scary, it’s fun scary. There’s so many layers that make it wonderful, so now when I see a movie like that, I appreciate it on another level.

I get why it caused such a reaction because it is such a special movie, but looking back, I was surprised at the negative reaction, because to me that cast is four comedy powerhouses that I just wanted to see be “Ghostbusters,” women aside.

W&H: So are you glad that there’s no writers’ strike?

Kd: I am so glad that there’s no writers’ strike. I was really dreading that, I had no idea which way it was going to go.

W&H: Everybody was on board from the Guild [Writers Guild of America].

Kd: Right, and I had no idea what was going to happen, I was really at a loss. I think the negotiating committee did a great job, I was delighted by that. I’m really glad that they were able to make that deal come together.

W&H: I was just thinking today, a lot of the conversation about “are women funny” was that whole Christopher Hitchens thing seven or eight years ago. I’m wondering, even though the reaction was so negative to that, maybe in some way, he did everybody a favor by getting people to talk about the lack of women in comedy.

Kd: Yeah, I guess one could say that. I have a hard time saying it but one could. I guess that’s true. You know, I was just watching “Death Becomes Her.” Have you seen that recently?

W&H: No.

Kd: It’s just Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep together and they are so funny. They just have all these moments that are subtle jabs. There’s this one scene, and I paused it and I’m like, “My God, they are so goddamn funny.” I don’t even know what my point is, but I just feel like, how have we not spent every day talking about how funny they are? I truly have no point in saying that.

W&H: No, I understand what you’re saying, and that movie is maligned a lot.

Kd: I know! I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes and I was like, “How? This is such a fun movie.”

W&H: Talk about your current inspirations, where you get ideas. What do you read on a regular basis, TV shows, bingeing, what’s your pleasure?

Kd: Right now there’s a lot of podcasts. I’m really loving podcasts right now. By the way, “Scriptnotes” I think is a great podcast for writers. I’ve now learned if anyone’s interested in writing, that’s a great thing to suggest. They go over everything.

In terms of taking in information, ever since the election I bought a New York Times subscription and I’m forcing myself to read it every morning. I feel like before the election I wasn’t reading enough, so that’s a big goal for me right now, is just to read more and read stories of other people, and not just my world, you know? I’m reading “A People’s History of the United States” right now because I want to know more, and I feel like I’ve taken it for granted for a long time and I regret that, so that’s a lot of the reading I’ve been doing lately.


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Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn’s ‘Snatched’ Is a ‘Misfire’ That’s ‘Worth Skipping,’ Critics Say

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Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn’s ‘Snatched’ Is a ‘Misfire’ That’s ‘Worth Skipping,’ Critics Say
Snatched” marks Amy Schumer’s highly-anticipated follow-up to “Trainwreck” and Goldie Hawn’s return to the big screen after 15 years, but critics are disappointed with the mother-daughter comedy. Among the flaws cited are Hawn’s “half-committed performance” in which she isn’t able “to inhabit her stature as a great comedic performer,” as well as the “predictable” mother-daughter relationship and Schumer’s jokes that are derived from booze, food and sex — similar to her jokes in “Trainwreck.” The film, directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Katie Dippold, also stars Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack. Currently, it holds a score of 38 percent.
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Movie Review – Snatched (2017)

Snatched, 2017.

Directed by Jonathan Levine.

Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, and Christopher Meloni.


When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.

Around halfway through Snatched (an exotic-vacation-gone-wrong comedy from Jonathan Levine who is known for directing emotional cancer dramedy 50/50 and the underrated zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, and written by Katie Dippold who most recently worked on the divisive Ghostbusters reboot) is a scene where daughter Emily (played with the crudeness and feminist bite to be expected from the consistently controversial Amy Schumer) is told by random local doctors out in the Amazon (don’t ask me, nothing in this movie really makes a lick of sense, increasingly becoming too ridiculous even for an outlandish comedy) that a tapeworm has invaded her upper body. Of course, this
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How an NPR Story Inspired Amy Schumer’s Gross Tapeworm Scene in ‘Snatched’

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How an NPR Story Inspired Amy Schumer’s Gross Tapeworm Scene in ‘Snatched’
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you don’t want to know about the gross scene in “Snatched”) When “Snatched” screenwriter was listening to NPR in her car a couple of years ago, little did she know that a story about a guinea worm would inspire one of the most memorable (and disgusting) scenes of the new comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. “I do listening to an NPR story about someone having to pull a guinea worm from a woman’s nipple and it’s been stuck in my brain forever,” Katie Dippold told TheWrap.”When I started writing about the.
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‘Snatched’ Review: Goldie Hawn’s Big Screen Return Deserves Better Than Amy Schumer’s Criminally Unfunny Movie

‘Snatched’ Review: Goldie Hawn’s Big Screen Return Deserves Better Than Amy Schumer’s Criminally Unfunny Movie
Lauded actress and boundary-busting comedian Goldie Hawn hasn’t appeared in a film in over a decade, let alone starred in one, so her return to the big screen should be considered a very big deal. Too bad that the Oscar-winning actress’ first project in 15 years isn’t just a misfire, but one that commits the unforgivable sin of not allowing Hawn to inhabit her stature as a great comedic performer. Jonathan Levine’s “Snatched” has bigger problems than just that one, but the decision to cast Hawn as a worrywart mother saddled with a woefully immature daughter (Amy Schumer) on a trip from hell is indicative of many of this limp action-comedy’s biggest sins. And there are so many.

Eschewing the kind of flinty, in-your-face charm that made her turn in 2015’s bawdy rom-com “Trainwreck” (which she both wrote and starred in) such a treat, Schumer’s role
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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

Film Review: ‘Snatched’
Amy Schumer is one of those rare comic artists, like Louis C.K. or Chris Rock, who can get you laughing out loud at reality. Two years ago, she carried that scorched-earth impulse right into her first movie, the fearlessly funny and close-to-the-bone “Trainwreck.” Written by Schumer herself, and directed by Judd Apatow, it was the most audacious romantic comedy in years — and the most satisfying, too — because it touched a nerve of almost masochistic sincerity. In “Snatched,” her first movie since “Trainwreck,” Schumer gets cast as a loser who’s even further down on the totem pole of respectability. It’s a sign of Schumer’s rapport with the audience that in the opening scene, where she appears to be playing the most annoying off-the-rack clothing-store customer in history (it turns out she’s actually the sales person), the deeper the hole she digs for herself, the more we like her.
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