A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in Snatched. How does it compare to what you might see in an action movie? Do all kinds of media violence have the same impact?
How much sexual content in media is appropriate for kids and teens? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these subjects.
How does the film handle the topic of Americans visiting a South American country? Is it condescending? Self-aware?
Do Emily and Linda have a healthy relationship? How is each trying to define herself? How do their identities impact each other? Emily is depicted as unmoored and ill-equipped for adult life. How would you describe the movie's opinion of her?
- In theaters: May 12, 2017
- On DVD or streaming: August 8, 2017
- Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 91 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, brief nudity, and language throughout
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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