2017 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

After being dumped by her boyfriend, selfie-obsessed, 30-something slacker Emily (Amy Schumer) persuades her risk-averse mom (Goldie Hawn) to join her on a non-refundable trip to Ecuador. The ill-matched pair find themselves emotionally reconnecting until a sexy stranger (Tom Bateman) tempts them on a road trip... and into the clutches of a kidnap gang. Cringe-laden caper well served by Schumer's self-lacerating shtick and quip-laden chemistry with comedy legend Hawn.

Director

  • Jonathan Levine

Cast

  • Amy Schumer

  • Goldie Hawn

  • Ike Barinholtz

  • Christopher Meloni

  • Randall Park

  • Óscar Jaenada

  • Wanda Sykes

  • Tom Bateman

Review

Potty-mouthed flavour of the month Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) teams up with seasoned pro Goldie Hawn for a mother-daughter comedy that's anything but family friendly.

Schumer's Emily is a self-deluded loser who's shocked out of the land of make-believe when she's dumped by her vain, wannabe rock star boyfriend and forced to ask her mum Linda (Hawn) to come on a pre-booked holiday to Ecuador with her because no-one else will.

Linda is a cat-loving divorcee who lives with Emily's geeky brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) and is very reluctantly persuaded to join her emotional car crash of a daughter on the Latin American jaunt.

Effortlessly slipping into the Ecuadorean vibe, Emily soon leaves mom behind to have a shot-fuelled night on the lash with a handsome, too-good-to-be-true Brit (Bateman) who offers to take them on a off-the-grid trip into the outback.

Of course, it's all part of a fiendish ruse, and the women find themselves kidnapped by a band of rotters. However, before a ransom can be paid, Emily has killed one with a shovel and the pair have gone on the run.

The plot may lumber all over the place but the real reason we're here is to see Schumer in all her comic glory supported by comedy institution Hawn, making her first appearance in a comedy in fifteen years.

Largely, it's a blast with Schumer's impeccable comic timing chiming perfectly with her unembarrassed skill at poking cruel fun at herself.

Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack provide solid support as a couple "friends"  offering special forces-style know-how while Christopher Meloni has fun with his role as a genially deluded Indiana Jones wannabe.

Snatch it while you can...

Tim Evans