Snatched

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Frothy mom-daughter comedy has raunchy humor, violence.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Amid all the over-the-top humor is the idea that even though a mother and her child may not see eye-to-eye -- or even have much in common -- love trumps everything, bringing them together in the midst of unexpected danger and adventure.

Positive role models & representations

Emily might be aimless and insensitive, but at heart she's a decent human being who adores her mother and has bigger dreams for herself. Some diversity in cast, but also a tone of condescension toward people from Ecuador and Colombia.

Violence

The main characters get kidnapped, so there are some violent scenes (many are slapsticky/played for laughs). For example, while trying to get away from a man, a woman hits him with a shovel, killing him. Later, she shoots someone with an arrow. Guns are drawn and people get shot (some die), though there's not much dwelling on the bloody aftermath. A man falls from a cliff. 

Sex

Strong innuendo and talk of sex positions. A woman flirts with a man with her breast exposed. A woman leafs through a porn magazine, with some pictures visible. In one scene, a woman washes her private parts in the bathroom of a bar; nothing sensitive is shown, but it's very clear what she's doing. Talk of hooking up.

Language

Frequent use of a wide variety of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "d--k," "motherf--ker," "bitch," "hell," "damn," etc.

Consumerism

Labels/brands/products shown include Kia, iPhone, Chevrolet, Facebook, and J.C. Penney.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Lots and lots of drinking, from beers to shots, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snatched is a raunchy comedy about a mother (Goldie Hawn) and daughter (Amy Schumer) who take a trip to Ecuador together and wind up getting kidnapped. The premise leads to several violent scenes; many are played for laughs, but people still get shot (with both guns and arrows), beaten, killed, and more. There's also lots of raunchy talk/sexual innuendo and partial nudity (a quick glimpse of a woman's breast). Expect lots of swearing, mainly "f--k" and its derivations, and tons of drinking, from beers to shots, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. While there's an undercurrent of cultural insensitivity (anything and everything that isn't in the United States is made to seem exotic), underlying the over-the-top humor is the idea that the love between a mother and child can overcome just about anything.

User Reviews

Adult Written byMakenna J. May 12, 2017

The best

My kids loved this it is appropriate and we had a great time
Adult Written byJanet P. May 13, 2017

Disgusting

This could have been a funny movie had it not been for the porn and bad language. It had a wonderful moment between mother and daughter. Why do you have to mess...
Adult Written byPinkarray May 12, 2017

Some of the humor is pretty good but not enough to save the movie from such bad storytelling

This movie is full of bad things, language, drinking, cliched action, and two women being petty. The movie was all over the place, it had drama, action, and com...
Teen, 17 years old Written byTornadosplash44 May 17, 2017

Adventurous yet raunchy comedy that has some action involved!

Overall I would say this movie was decent. The plot was a little run-of-the-mill, the acting was good and there were some pretty funny parts, however I was surp...

What's the story?

In SNATCHED, Emily (Amy Schumer) gets dumped by her musician boyfriend and fired from her job at a clothing retailer. She decides to offer her ex's ticket for their long-planned Ecuador vacation to her mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn), a once-dynamic but now often-fretting retiree who's usually quite happy to stay at home and tend to her agoraphobic adult son. Linda is unconvinced of the wisdom of the enterprise, certain they'll be conned, kidnapped, or both -- and she's right. So begins the duo's odyssey to get out of Ecuador by way of Bogota, Colombia, before their captors catch them. 

Is it any good?

Despite its flaws, this mother-daughter comedy will make you laugh. But you will have to ignore some trouble spots, including some cultural insensitivity manifested by a tendency to making anything and everything that isn't in the United States "exotic" and a script so meandering that even though some parts are funny, the flow from one scene to the next doesn't always make sense.

All of which will make you appreciate Snatched's two leads -- and the whole ensemble, for that matter -- even more. Schumer and Hawn work so well together and have such a great rapport playing mother and daughter that there's no way the film could fail to entertain.  Hawn still has it -- perfect comic timing, a deft light touch -- and the film manages to elicit a surprising amount of sympathy for parents like Linda, who love their children and can still remember what they were like as babies, even when they're now adults who can't be bothered to call home. No question, Snatched is funny, even if its freewheeling storytelling frustrates.

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