Review: A waste of Schumer and Hawn’s talents Discuss this article

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Trainwreck was the perfect introduction to Amy Schumer’s talents, striding the line between saucy, sweet and spill-your-popcorn funny. But with her second major film role, Schumer needed to show her range – can she play anything other than a directionless thirtysomething who learns a few life lessons? On this evidence, erm, no.

Schumer is Emily, whose dream holiday to Ecuador goes off the rails when her boyfriend dumps her and she’s forced to invite her scaredy-cat mum Linda (Goldie Hawn) along instead. Linda is convinced the pair of them are going to be kidnapped and sold for ransom – which is, of course, exactly what happens.

What follows is a series of aimless, goofy hijinks, as the pair escape only to bicker their way across the Amazon jungle. A few of the gags hit home – Schumer’s flawless timing makes the best of some creaky one-liners. Her blend of glee and horror when she inadvertently murders one of their captors hints at the sharper, more interesting film that might’ve been. But too much of the humour derives from Emily’s insatiable appetite for destruction. Goldie Hawn broke a 15-year retirement for this – she must be missing her armchair now.

The bottom line

A waste of Schumer and Hawn’s talents.

By Tom Huddleston
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 90
  • Released: Thu, 10 Aug
  • Language: English
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Stars: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele

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