From the producers of The Heat and Spy. See Snatched in Theaters this Mother’s Day Weekend!
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Wanda Sykes (“Bad Moms”) and Joan Cusack (“Working Girl”). I had a chance to see an early screening a few weeks back as a guest of 20th Century Fox and boy is this one funny movie! I swear my friends and I could not stop laughing! There are a couple scenes that were SO BAD as in SO FUNNY that it was hard to watch the scene. Amy Schumer is fearless, truly, and after you see the movie I think you’ll know what scene I am talking about.
And it was so amazing to see Goldie Hawn up on the big screen again. She had taken an hiatus for about ten years but she is back and as good as ever! These two really have amazing chemistry together and play well off each other. Be sure to read our interview with both Amy and Goldie where we learn that while reading the script Amy immediately thought of Goldie and wanted her to play her mom. It is a great match-up and this is definitely one movie you do not want to miss. Bring your girlfriends, take your mom, you are going to be in tears laughing so hard. Seriously, our stomachs hurt from laughing throughout the movie. I can’t wait to hear what you all think about it!
Oh! And did I mention one of my favorites, Joan Cusack, is in the movie and is beyond funny. And she doesn’t say one word. Yep, you heard me. Not one word but is so talented she is able to pull this off. Who else remembers her sitting in the bus in Sixteen Candles? Such a classic scene!
Check out our interviews with the actors and filmmakers below. We had a great time at the press junket and they treated us to some drinks (please check out the recipe for this yummy drink here on my Instagram account) and some photo ops (see below). If we can’t actually be on a fabulous trip to some tropical country, at least it was fun to pretend! Catch our Facebook Live video here.
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Written By: Katie Dippold
Produced By: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
Interview with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn:
Ms. Amy Schumer: This is what we were trying to get to all day. This it. I mean, for real, we were like this is–yes.
Look at this. Okay. Well, it’s about this. Come on. Yes.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Are we eating?
Ms. Amy Schumer: Of course, we’re eating.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: I’ll be eating.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Of course–good.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: I’m so hungry.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Hey, guys.
Blogger: Your movie is hilarious.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Thank you.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Thank you.
Blogger: I had instant pain tummy, it was just–.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: –Oh, great.
Ms. Amy Schumer: That’s so good to hear.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Oh, my God. I love hearing that.
Ms. Amy Schumer: We’re proud of it.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: It’s so good. You know, when you make a movie, you don’t know where the laughs are. Sometimes, you’re surprised that people laugh at things that we didn’t think were that funny or we think were hilarious that they’re just not laughing that much.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Yes, and you can’t explain to the audience like, no, this is why that’s funny. And they’re like, no, we already decided it’s not.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Yes, right. So, you teach us a lot.
Blogger: That’s why some of us picked up–.
Ms. Amy Schumer: –Right–.
Ms. Amy Schumer: And you’re like–Yes. That’s all–that’s–Yes, that’s all Goldie.
Blogger: It was wonderful.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Cool.
Blogger: So, I have a question. Why come back to the big screen since you haven’t seen us in a long time. Even though it’s only been like since 2015, it’s a long time.
Ms. Amy Schumer: My journey.
Blogger: So, my question is now that you guys had fought for Goldie to be in it.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Yes, we fought to be in this together.
Blogger: Yes, I love that. But, I want to know, how did you two meet in real life that you fought for her to be–like, how did you–?
Ms. Amy Schumer: –I read the script and just pictured it with the two of us the whole time. And then I saw her on a plane, and in the airport, I went up after the flight and I just said, I love you, like everyone else, and I’m a comic actress, and there’s this movie, and I really want you to play my mom. And so, I wanted to just kind of plant the seed. I wasn’t like can I have your email, but I hoped she remembered and whatever. And then we really met in London and got in cahoots together to try to make this movie with the two of us.
Blogger: That’s cool that things turned out so well.
Blogger: How much did you have to do with the script? Like, did you improvise a lot?
Ms. Amy Schumer: We both got the script to a place where we felt real ready to go, but then we were afraid because we really knew who we were and what our characters wanted. And so, we had the freedom to play a little bit.
Blogger: Was there a scene that wasn’t really in the script and then you just kind of went with it and–I’m talking about the boob scene.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Oh, yes. Oh, thank you – the most unnecessary nudity of all. Katie Dippold wrote the script, and then my sister and I came in and rewrote, and that’s one of my additions. You know, nobody asked me to do that. Nobody wanted to see my boob. Yes. But, I was like just kind of vulnerable and I don’t know. It made me feel kind of empowered.
Blogger: So, that segues to Katie Dippold. I know that you normally write your scripts, and so Katie Dippold wrote the script. Is that why, because your writing is so similar, that you felt comfortable enough to say this is what I’m going to do?
Ms. Amy Schumer: Well, this is like my third movie ever and I just really liked the script. It was like the only thing I’d read in a couple years, and I really could picture it, and I was really excited about it.
Blogger: Amy, what I like the most about you is we didn’t see a prototype of beauty of Hollywood in the movie. You show your awesomeness in a bikini, which I love. And you are more similar to us.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Yes, sure, true.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Yes, sometimes, there’s nothing too cheap for a joke.
Blogger: Like the sunscreen.
Blogger: That was the best.
Blogger: That’s what you would do to a kid.
Ms. Amy Schumer: Right.
Blogger: You would do that. So, like that’s what I do to my ten year old.
Ms. Amy Schumer: That makes me laugh, that long take of us, right? It’s like her just putting it all over me.
Blogger: Jumping off of that, for your relationship, Goldie, did you pull upon your experience raising your four kids? And then how did you guys sort of form this bond that really made it so relatable? I spent the whole day with my mom on Wednesday, and coming into the show last night, I was like this was literally my day yesterday.
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Oh, really?
Blogger: So, how did that bond really form?
Ms. Goldie Hawn: Well, there’s certain things that mothers do automatically, you know? You’ve got eyes in the back of your head, and you don’t want your kids to fall in potholes. And so, what happens is is that, when they’re little, I think that’s who you should be as a mother, right?
But, unfortunately, there’s no transition that’s made. As they get older, they’re going to have to fall in their own potholes. And that’s when you have to learn to let go.
So, I know that as my piece of wisdom, but this character did not know that. This character was completely unconscious about it, and by the way, extremely needy for herself because what happens is is when you have any empty nest situation and you lose your daughter–there’s a very interesting story that I’ll share with you about Daphne and Persephone. And I don’t know if you know this, but it’s a myth, and it really is about a mother–I think it was Persephone. I’m not sure which one was Daphne and Percephone.
She actually was the mother of Daphne. And at 14, she left her mother, and she went down to the underground. And she missed her so much because she suddenly had no strength.
What happened was is the daughter was now becoming a young woman. She was having sex. She was down with Hades. And she made a promise, she missed so much, that she would create spring and summer if he’d just give her back for those months of the year.
And it’s a very powerful image because when your daughter leaves, not always your son, but when your daughter leaves, it feels different, and you feel weak, and you are aging. And it says a lot of things about you losing your youth and your vitality because you have to pass the baton to your daughter.
And that’s a very sometimes unconscious reason why do I feel depressed, why do I not feel happy, why do I not feel sexual, why am I sad, why do I cry for no reason. These are the kind of things that women need to know.
So, in this particular movie, I think that this mother is someone who felt those things, and I think she misses her daughter. But, her life isn’t full the way women’s lives are full. She gave that up. Her husband left her for a younger woman.
So, when you look at that, that’s where I brought my creation of this character from. She came from somebody who basically stayed much, much more closed in order not to feel the pain, not to feel rejection, not to feel–and with that comes fear.
So, mother/daughter relationships have huge implications of who are you, how have you lost your power, how do you regain your power. You don’t regain it by telling your kids what to do, and you don’t regain it by putting sun guard on them. You regain it becoming a friend and a person that you can talk to and share with and be intimate with and sometimes tell things you don’t want to tell anybody else. So, that’s trust.
So, I think it’s our job to allow our children to breathe, and then they come back.
Blogger: That’s beautiful.
Ms. Amy Schumer: We’re all tearing up.
Interview with Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes, and Ike Barinholtz
Blogger: We’re all in agreement that our favorite line in the movie may be Mama.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: Sorry, guys.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Tell them where you got it from, Ike.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: I have a bonus in my contract that says if journalists like that line, I get paid. That line actually comes from my daughter, believe it or not, my four year old daughter who, for some reason, even though she was born and raised in California, she sounds like Madeline [children’s book character]. She’s go mama, mama, mama, mama. And so, it just kind of became second nature to me, and I knew I wanted to call Goldie mama. And then the way I said it, it was me imitating my daughter. So now, I have to cut her in on the profit sharing, which was not the way I wanted it to go. I do need a Chihuahua. I have merch. Christopher knows I have a merch table that I have set up outside.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: I’ll be manning it.
Blogger: Yes, that was brilliant.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: Thank you, guys. Thank you. It’s a fun movie. It’s like a fun, nice, fun movie to go see, right?
Blogger: It had a lot of layers to it.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: It did.
Blogger: I went into it thinking it’s just a comedy, but I saw the mother/daughter relationship, and then you and Joan [Cusack] were–.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: –So funny.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Oh, thank you.
Blogger: I was pleasantly surprised when she was a spider man.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Wasn’t that great? She just like pew-pew-pew and she’s on the other side, yes – special ops.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: I think America’s two favorite people might be Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes. I think if you took a poll, that would be high up there.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: I run a polling company.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: The polls lie.
Blogger: What I loved about this movie was there was dark humor and that involved your death.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: Oh, that was dark. I’m not quite so sure he’s dead. I smell a part two, and I really think he found a way out of that. I mean, when you have a guy whose spirit is so positive and so blind, I think he’s going to win the day.
Blogger: He showed up at that final scene and had a drink with him?
Mr. Christopher Meloni: No, and I think that’s a great flaw or brilliant marketing to get you back for the second part.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Right.
Blogger: That would be fun.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: That’s what it is.
Blogger: His hat was from JC Penney.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: That was right.
Blogger: Was that in the script or was it something you guys kind of came up with?
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: What, the JC Penney?
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Remember, when they find his hat.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: Oh, his hat, yes.
Ms. Wanda Sykes: Yes, they find his hat and it has JC Penney label on it.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: That was on the fly. That was a, oh, my God, that’s really funny and–.
Blogger: –So funny.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: Yes.
Mr. Ike Barinholtz: See, if your character does their sequel, I just want to see you deal with the ins and outs of Trader Joe’s. I just want to see like we’ve got no wasabi peanuts.
Mr. Christopher Meloni: It’s a tight ship. It’s a tight ship.
Interview with Jonathan Levine, Director and Paul Feig, Producer
Blogger: Thank you for producing and directing such a great movie. It was hilarious.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Oh, cool.
Mr. Paul Feig: Oh, good.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: You guys saw it last night?
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Did people laugh?
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Okay, good. Just tell me. Just lie–.
Mr. Paul Feig: –Right. He can take it.
Blogger: My stomach still hurts.
Mr. Paul Feig: Oh, hooray.
Blogger: Hash tag mama, hash tag mama.
Mr. Paul Feig: You have to touch the bread.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Uh-oh.
Mr. Paul Feig: Not for public consumption? Is that–oh, good, okay.
Blogger: Yes, we survived. He was such an optimist.
Mr. Paul Feig: Yes.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: That he survived.
Mr. Paul Feig: Exactly. Right. Wait till the sequel.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Somehow, yes, we’ll see him again.
Blogger: He survives in the sequel?
Mr. Jonathan Levine: It’s very possible, it’s very possible. I think he thinks he did. I haven’t told him otherwise, so.
Blogger: He just told us it’s coming out Father’s Day 2019.
Mr. Paul Feig: Nice.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Oh, so you guys saw Meloni. And did you talk to Ike, too? And did you talk to Amy and Goldie?
Mr. Paul Feig: Oh, good. Oh, yes.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Nice. All right. Well, now, be prepared to be let down.
Mr. Paul Feig: Exactly. Now the nuts and bolts here.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: No, they saved the best for last, I guess.
Blogger: So, how did this movie happen? So, Katie [Dippold] wrote the script, and then she’s been shopping it around for a while?
Mr. Paul Feig: No, Katie and I work together a bunch, and she had written this script, and she pitched it to us right after we had done Spy, I think. And it was just such a funny idea, and her relationship with her mom is so funny, and we even heard it with the Peter Jordan [sp] Company, and they decided just to pay out of their discretionary fund to order the script, and it was just hilarious.
And it was always kind of like, who’s going to play this role, because it’s a very interesting role, the part that Amy ended up taking, because it’s a fairly petulant kind of a character. And so, I was like how do we do this and make it likeable but still keep that.
And so, when Amy had read the script and got interested in it, it was like, okay, that just took it and made it real for us. And then along came Jonathan.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: And then along came me, and then Amy was really into the idea of Goldie doing it. I loved Goldie, but I was like, Goldie hasn’t worked in so long, how do we do that, how do I know if she can even remember lines, how do I know–you know? So, I was thinking a lot from the practical perspective. Anyway, I said let’s go out to lunch.
And because I’m reading interviews with Amy where she definitely knew in her mind that I was always going to cast Goldie. I did not know in my own mind that that’s what was going to happen. But she let me think it was my idea.
And so, then I saw the two of them together and I just thought it was completely brilliant. I couldn’t understand why I even questioned it in the first place. And then I sat down and talked to Goldie, and as you guys I’m sure know, after talking to Goldie for two minutes, you are just so smitten and charmed by her.
Not only is she wonderful as like just this iconic comedic actress and also dramatic actress, but she’s wonderful as a human who exists on the planet. She’s just such a pleasure to know and just to just watch her life from afar and just see all these amazing things that she does with it, it’s really, really just special to have ever worked with her.
And I remember the first day, I sat down, and I remember we were reading through the script, and I just was overcome with emotion because I was like I can’t believe I get to work with you guys. It’s so crazy.
Blogger: She had us in tears with her last night.
Mr. Paul Feig: Yes, yes.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: Oh, yes.
Mr. Paul Feig: Because you see a lot of movies and finding that kind of chemistry between two actors is almost impossible. And when they did a little screen test of them together, because I hear it. It’s like, oh, I hope it’ll be good. Then you see it. It’s like, oh, my God. Like, literally, everybody even from the studio on down were just like, all right, go and make something great.
Mr. Jonathan Levine: And now that the movie’s coming out, and you just also recognize that we’ve tapped into this love of Goldie that people just haven’t experienced and haven’t been able to kind of see for a very long time. So, it’s exciting to be able to do that and to have her be great, and not just great like through the lens of nostalgia, like, great, oh, I remember how great she was, but great like in the moment great. It’s just really, really such a special thing that I didn’t know it was going to happen. Amy did.
Mr. Paul Feig: Yes. Yes, I know, exactly. She’s the real deal.
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