Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul’s Trip to the Movies is here with a review of the new comedy from Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Plus, a great home release worth watching!
Paul’s thoughts are below:
SNATCHED (theatrical release) It just goes from bad to worse For Emily Middleton. Around the same time she loses her job at a clothing boutique, she is dumped by her ambitious boyfriend days before they are set to go on a vacation to Ecuador. Apparently Emily doesn’t have enough direction in her life as opposed to the boyfriend whose career in a rock band is taking off. Emily calls upon many of her friends to be her companion on this vacation, yet all of them turn her down. Her last resort is her mother, Linda, who calls her back home after seeing the breakup news on Facebook. Emily finds an old photo album from back in the day and is inspired to have some mommy/daughter time for the vacation. At first Linda refuses as she claims her knees can’t handle all that activity. Nonetheless, she relents and they whisk off to a resort in Ecuador for some rest and relaxation. What would this movie be if all they did was sit by the pool and sip cocktails? Emily’s flirtation is just the beginning of their wild adventure. The hot guy she has a drunken night with ends up scamming her and Linda, which leads to them in a hit and run taken hostage by some local criminals. They manage to escape but find themselves on the run in the middle of the Amazon jungle trying to make it back to the US Consulate. -Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni. -From the same writer as the Ghostbusters remake and The Heat. Utilizes Amy Schumer’s style of raunchy humor and messy lifestyle we’re used to seeing from Trainwreck or her standup. -So refreshing to see Goldie Hawn back on the big screen again. First film role since 2002’s The Banger Sisters -It’s great to see Hawn paired with Amy Schumer as two different generations of funny women are headlining a big comedy together. They have such natural instincts with comedy that their scenes and comedic timing never felt rushed or haphazardly improvised to find a better punchline. -The idea of using a hostage and kidnapping during a vacation as the basis for a comedy feels like a very unoriginal trope. It seems like every summer we get this kind of movie -Best parts of the movie are the tender mother/daughter moments. Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A passable comedy given the strong cast but not as endearing or original as it could have been. RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS A MONSTER CALLS (home release) Conor O’Malley is a young kid who is continually teased in class by the other boys. Life isn’t any easier at home as his mother has a terminal illness. Conor isn’t old enough yet to quite understand how severe her health has declined. His grandmother comes to take care of him as his mother is nearing her final days. Conor has a very tempestuous relationship with his grandmother, which furthers his anger with what’s going on. He has a wild imagination always drawing and doodling to take his mind of things. One night he has nightmares of the tree monster he has doodled. At first the monster is scary, but Conor slowly turns around as the Monster tells him three stories in exchange for Conor opening up about his fear in life. This new friendship between the Monster and Conor helps him come to turns with his mother’s illness. -Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver -Based on the YA book of the same name by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the script -“People don’t like what they don’t understand.” This line from the mother to Conor rang loud and true. -Beautifully executed movie that uses mixed mediums from live action and motion capture to water colors as the Monster is telling his stories. -Plays smart and mature for its target audience given the sensitive subject matter, best for ages 10 and up. The lessons the monster gives to Conor are thought provoking and provide good discussions for parents and kids -Feels very tender and personal as it’s being told through the boy’s perspective. Could be a good film to show kids who may be struggling in school or are going through a hard time. -Have a tissue handy as there is sadness and heartbreak watching this boy go through grief