SNATCHED (2017) Score: D
Length: 91 Minutes
“DISAPPOINTING SNATCHED IS VULGAR, TASTELESS AND CRUDE”
Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele, Raven Goodwin, Katie Dippold, Randall Park and Ike Barinholtz. With Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusak, Bashir Salahuddin and Christopher Meloni. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Screenplay by Katie Dippold.
SNATCHED is both rude and crude. Billed as a “comedy”, there are about five really good laughs during the 91 minute screenplay. But is this Jonathan Levine directed film funny and clever? I don’t think so. You let me know what you think of the tapeworm scene. In fact I would go as far as saying that disappointing SNATCHED is vulgar, tasteless and crude. The screenplay unfortunately is messy and falls flat.
I realize that stand-up comedienne Amy Schumer has built a remarkable career and following. INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy Central) has received a Peabody Award and she has received her share of comedy nominations and awards. Perhaps our expectation for this follow-up to the hilarious 2015 film TRAINWRECK, was set too high.
The biggest disappointment of all is the lack of use of the talented Goldie Hawn, the iconic film comedienne. Her character was so limited, her role so wasted. You also know that a comedy is in trouble when Wanda Sykes is not funny.
Fans of Amy Schumer will certainly not be offended. They will expect her to play “her”. But a thin plot doesn’t help and far too many scenes are offensive rather than clever. I may be generous in awarding a D rating. I expect an audience who loves Amy Schumer to exit the theater with more of a response than just saying — “it was okay”.
ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, WONDER WOMAN AND THE MUMMY ARE ALL ON DECK:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 which opened last week, has earned a blockbuster domestic box office total of $176 million, selling 24 million tickets. The question remains which of the potential upcoming films to open in Las Vegas will be the next blockbuster hit.
ALIEN: COVENANT arrives on May 19 and will be reviewed next week. “Although uneven, director Ridley Scott delivers a sequel better than 2012’s PROMETHEUS. Credit a strong performance from Michael Fassbender.”
BAYWATCH, the R rated action-comedy based upon the 1989 NBC television show, arrives next on May 25, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The remarkable story of how BAYWATCH became one of the most-watched shows in broadcast history will be included in the review.
PIRATES 5: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, arrives the next day, May 26 with Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and an all-star cast. First unveiled last month at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the early buzz for the Walkt Disney Studios’ $3.73 billion franchise is “a positive return to form”.
And finally, the presumptive blockbusters of the summer, Warner Bros. and DC Films’ much anticipated WONDER WOMAN opens here on June 2; followed two weeks later by Tom Cruise in THE MUMM\Y. Cruise again performs all of his own stunts.