Snatched (2017) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Snatched (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Puts the fun in unrefundable.

  • Starring:

    Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Tom Bateman, Christopher Meloni

  • Directed by:

    Jonathan Levine

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, abducted, threatened with violence/death/torture/weapons (machete/blow torch/pizza cutter/guns), kicked, dragged, locked in a car boot, hit with objects, hair-grabbed, punched, knocked down, pushed, arm-locked, bound, smacked, gagged, choked, bitten by dog, impaled with a spear. People fall/trip over, get fingers caught in car window. A car smashes into the side of another car. Throat-slitting gesture. Skin you alive, kick your a**, he was going to cut us up into little pieces, heist in Delaware, kidnapping, did you try to kill yourself mentioned. Statistic of 1 in 4 people kidnapped in South America. Ransom demand ($10k), military personnel, people carrying guns/a knife, posters of boxing match, gunshots heard. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Bloody/scraped knees and elbows, bloody mattress, blood on wall, bloody sleeve (dog bite), blood and cuts on faces. Chunk of meat used to extract tapeworm; see tapeworm emerging from person's mouth. Bruising, fainting. Cancer/one month to live mentioned. Person cutting own tongue out mentioned. Torture story told. "I saw his brains" mentioned after person hit in head with shovel.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Joking references to rape (mother's insistence on giving daughter a dog whistle as a rape alarm, "are you afraid these dogs are going to rape me?"). Pornographic magazine images (full frontal female nudity, nude couple having anal sex). Exposed breast, shirtless man, cleavage, skimpy clothing/swimwear, using towel to wipe genitals. Flirting, twerking. Website on sex offenders. Birth control pills. Internet dating, mobile phone image of woman's face near man's crotch. Discussion of (lack of) sex life. Sexual innuendo, sexual-themed jokes and references (eg seamen, 69-ing, wood, hook up, wet dreams, feast on the sac, I made all these men come, people have certainly finished on [her back], female genitals smell like soup, etc). References to sex slavery, sexual humiliation as torture, prison rape.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, shots). Intoxication. Smoking (cigarette). Wanting to smoke a joint mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, a-words, b*tches, puta, whore, wenches. Implied c-word. Frequent references and slang terms for genitalia. Misogynistic, homophobic and racist language. Jokes about sex, rape, sex slavery, age. Religious exclamations (God, who the hell, damn, dammit, etc). References to urination and people defecating themselves. People told to shut up. Rude gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Abduction, kidnapping, mother-daughter relationships, tourists, gangs, ransom demands, hostages, paranoia, agoraphobia, Capoeira dancing, cancer, desperate situations, survival, Facebook stalking, relationsip breakups, exotic vacations, over-protective mothers, cat obsession.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Relationship breakups, job loss, website on cat depression, reference to absent father. Dog, scorpion, snake, cats. Spitting, farting, urination. Some Spanish dialogue.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Watchable. Fun chemistry between leads, some funny/amusing/goofball moments, capable direction, impressive cinematography, lean running time.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Crass, uninspired, scattershot, disastrous, sloppy, complacent, self-absorbed, clueless, unfunny, disposable, slapdash, slight, disappointing, limp, irritating, misogynist, xenophobic, undercooked, cheap. Comedy is all low-hanging fruit, dumb plot, thin characters, tedious/offensive cultural stereotyping.

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