Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are a mother and daughter in peril in this chaotic but fun comedy
It's been 15 years since Goldie Hawn's last big screen role. In The Banger Sisters she played a former wild child who reminds her best friend, played by Susan Sarandon, how to let her hair down. For her long-awaited return, she teams up with Amy Schumer in a mother-daughter comedy directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) that sees her cast in a tamer role, playing the straight gal to Schumer's outrageously obnoxious, Instagram-obsessed millennial.
Dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job in quick succession, Emily Middleton (Schumer) decides to take her mother Linda (Hawn) on a romantic getaway to Ecuador as a replacement for her ex-beau. Spending a day trip away from their luxury resort, the women are kidnapped and they end up spending their vacation on the run.
Although Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters, The Heat) is credited as the film's writer, Schumer, along with sister Kim Caramele, reworked the script – a contribution that's apparent as the emphasis is firmly on madcap escapades, gross-out and slapstick, with little room left for the emotional journey between mother and daughter. Both women are given lengthy, amusing and endearing introductions but that sharp character work is forsaken at about the midway point.
Instead the film bounces around from one set-piece to the next like a sketch show, with appearances from various actors simply adding to the mayhem. These include Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack (in a hilarious turn as a mute ex special ops solider) playing 'platonic' friends who set out on a rescue mission, while Christopher Meloni, Randall Park and Ike Barinholtz take it in turns to act the fool. Not all the jokes land and the culturally insensitive tone is occasionally cringing, but there's a lot of fun to be had watching the supporting cast get stuck into the silliness and the two stars bash up against one another.
General release from Fri 19 May.