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Why Snatched Might Be The Ultimate Buddy Movie, According To Amy Schumer And Goldie Hawn

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The premise of the new comedy Snatched has what could be easily executed as a straight forward buddy movie, following its two leads as they are kidnapped while on vacation in South America and must escape their captors. The added twist thrown in for the feature, however, is that the duo is a mother-daughter pairing, and while that obviously changes the dynamic between the characters, stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer believe that it actually makes the film the ultimate buddy movie. The actresses recently told us,

Goldie Hawn: Off the top, mothers and daughters are actually buddies. And I think that at the core we need each other so much, that even in our disgust, or our disdain, we need them -- and they need us! And that's the basis of this conflict and relationship. So in a way, it's the quintessential buddy movie!Amy Schumer: That's so true! Because also, a lot of buddy movies you see them meet, but who do you have more history with than your mom? That comfort and that intimacy and those struggles... it's the ultimate buddy movie! That's how we should be marketing it!

Thanks to the mother-centric plot of Snatched and the fact that it is coming out just in time for Mother's Day, my own mom flew out to Los Angeles last month to join me for interviews with the film's cast and filmmakers -- and while sitting down with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer discussed how being a mother-daughter story changed the movie for the better.

Obviously there are many different kinds of buddy movies out there, but there is weight to the argument put forth by Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer here. The best buddy movies are the ones where the two main characters manage to drive each other absolutely insane, but still can't find a way to shake the bond that ultimately brings them together. The mother-daughter approach can most definitely enhance this situation, mostly because you can really push the extremes of their relationship while knowing that the foundation is so strong that they will find a way to bounce back to each other. Those extremes can most definitely be played for laughs, and very much are so in Snatched.

You can watch Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer talk about how the mother/daughter dynamic changes Snatched as a film in the video below:

Directed by Jonathan Levine and based on a script by Katie Dippold, Snatched follows a young woman named Emily (Amy Schumer) who is trying to rebound from her recent breakup by finding someone to go with her on a trip she has planned to Ecuador. Having managed to alienate all of her friends, she finds herself desperate, and winds up asking her mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to go. This is a situation that is awkward all by itself, but things get much, much worse when they find themselves kidnapped and held for ransom.

The film, which co-stars Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, and Randall Park, is set to arrive in theaters this Friday, May 12th, and be sure to stay tuned for more from our Snatched interviews later this week!

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.