I must say that the marketing of this film was misleading. The premise of the film is centered around kidnapping and ransom, which, while still a serious issue, is generally deemed a more acceptable subject for a comedic treatment. What I thought would be my biggest issue with the film didn't actually bother me. What bothered me was that the film just wasn't that funny. Many of the jokes are tedious and repetitive, with crude and vulgar humor that just doesn't work. "Trainwreck" was funny because of how well it was able to spin the genre. That is not the case for this film. The funniest parts to me were all of the side characters, that unfortunately received less attention. Christopher Meloni, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Cusack all had funny moments. Unfortunately, their sporadically funny parts aren't enough to compensate for the lack of enjoyable humor in the main storyline.
The execution of the film is really simple. The cinematography is awful, and the soundtrack is ridden with annoying pop songs that didn't make sense. It is disappointing that Jonathan Levine, who has done well with visual storytelling in the past, did so little with this film. Even the actors seemed like they weren't passionate about the film. Amy Schumer actually annoyed the heck out of me.
Overall, I thought that "Snatched" was an excruciating viewing experience. It was not very funny, and the only parts that were funny came from side storylines. I can't even say that it was a good idea that just wasn't executed well. This one should have stayed on the ideas board.
Big Tuna's Rating: F+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.