Snatched should have been an event. , the beautiful, smart and daring comic star of my younger days is back on the big screens after 15 years of absence. She’s starring in an action comedy, she pairs with , a very en-vogue stand-up comedian and big screen actress from the young generation, writer and director  is at the helm, Goldie’s looks in her 70s would be the envy of most women in their 40s, so all premises are in place for a sparkling return. Yet, the film is just OK. What doesn’t work?

 

source https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334871/

source https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334871/

 

The poster says that the movie was released on Mother’s Day in the US, and this is probably were the source of it’s problems are. It tries to be both screenable and watchable on Mother’s day, but also include the sex jokes we expect from the stand-up star, to be sexy and thrilling without showing too much sex or blood. In other words, there are more hints about the movie wanting to be daring than any content that is really funny or surprising.

 

(video source 20th Century Fox)

 

I found the  couple to work pretty well on screen in their mother and daughter roles. Maybe there is no spectacular chemistry between them, but both are great professionals and beautiful ladies, each in her own style. The film fails mainly because of the script. Colonial jokes about South America and family comedy mixed with profanities are not enough. With some more comic or emotional chutzpah this could have been a memorable movie. Maybe and her colleagues were too respectful for . I hope that there will be a ‘next film’ for her, and I hope that she will encourage her future collaborators to dare more.