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

13 May 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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, »

- John Fink

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Jonathan Levine Wants to Make ‘The Wackness’ Sequel

11 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If somebody reading this has a few extra million bucks to spare, they should consider giving Jonathan Levine a call. The director behind 50/50, The Night Before, and Snatched wants to revisit the struggling characters from his excellent coming-of-age film, The Wackness. Almost a decade after the movie went overlooked in theaters, Levine wants to explore New York City again […]

The post Jonathan Levine Wants to Make ‘The Wackness’ Sequel appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

9 May 2017 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Snatched Director Jonathan Levine On The Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn Comedy

9 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

While the upcoming R-rated comedy Snatched will probably get more attention for its two stars, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn--the latter making her first big screen appearance in almost 15 years--the man behind the camera is director Jonathan Levine, who continues to diversify his filmography with this female-driven comedy.

Levine first got attention for his early indie The Wackness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and he followed that by adapting the young adult zombie romance Warm Bodies, then making the cancer comedy 50/50 and the Christmas comedy The Night Before, the latter two with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In Snatched, Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton, who has plans to go to South America on a romantic trip with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her she asks her mother Linda (Hawn) to make the trip with her.  Once there, the two are constantly fighting, but »

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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Sells to Lionsgate

20 March 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide rights to Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen’s comedy “Flarsky” with “50/50” director Jonathan Levine helming.

Lionsgate handled distribution on two previous Levine films — “50/50,” which starred Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and “Warm Bodies.”

Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. The script is written by veteran comedy scribe Dan Sterling. Production is expected to begin in August.

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Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films, and Good Universe are the production companies.

Producers are Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver, alongside Denver and Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix. Sterling will also executive produce »

- Dave McNary

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Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen to Star in Comedy ‘Flarsky’

23 February 2017 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are starring in the comedy “Flarsky”with “50/50” director Jonathan Levine helming.

Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — who was his childhood crush and babysitter and now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. The script is written by veteran comedy scribe Dan Sterling.

Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films and Good Universe are the production companies. An August start of production is planned.

Producers are Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver alongside Denver & Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono and A.J. Dix. Sterling will also executive produce alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake. Alex McAtee is overseeing for Point Grey and Erin Westerman for Good Universe.

Theron came on two days ago to produce »

- Dave McNary

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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen to star in comedy 'Flarsky'

23 February 2017 3:21 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Point Grey Pictures, Denver And Delilah Films and Good Universe announced the project on Thursday.

Jonathan Levine, whose credits include 50/50, The Wackness and the upcoming Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, will direct from a screenplay by Dan Sterling.

Production on Flarsky is scheduled to begin in August on the story of an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. 

Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Denver & Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono and A.J. Dix.  

Sterling will also serve as executive producer with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake

Alex McAtee is overseeing for Point Grey and Erin Westerman for Good Universe.

Among Sterling’s writing credits are Girls, The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, King Of The Hill and The Interview.

Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated talent deals on behalf »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Snatched Trailer #2 Takes Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Hostage

7 February 2017 7:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If you didn't have plans this Mother's Day weekend, you do now! As 20th Century Fox is rolling out the comedy Snatched on May 12th. Following a hilarious red band trailer debut late last year, the studio has dropped a second trailer, and it promises to be one comedy that will bring mothers and daughters closer together.

Today, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. You can check it out below! After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter, in unpredictable, hilarious fashion, is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

This is the first-ever »

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