The 'Snatched' Trailer and the Sandlerization of Amy Schumer
That didn’t take long.
With only one major feature film under her belt, Amy Schumer is already on a path toward broad, dumb comedies, and that’s fine. Melissa McCarthy successfully goes back and forth between funny comedy and unfunny broad comedy, and she’s doing very well for herself. There’s also the possibility that Snatched is better than it looks. It comes from screenwriter Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters, The Heat) and one of my favorite directors, Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness, and last year’s Christmas comedy, The Night Before), so the trailer may be marketing it more broadly than it is (that said, The Night Before was fairly broad).
Snatched sees a mother (Goldie Hawn) and daughter (Amy Schumer) go on a South American adventure, where they are kidnapped and called whores. It doesn’t look completely awful — and I love a lot of those earlier Sandler comedies — but it’s definitely of the Sandler school as opposed to the Apatow school of comedy, and it lacks the edge and subversiveness of Inside Amy Schumer .
Nevertheless, it’s going to make gobs of money.