SNATCHED: Movie comedies arrive with the high degree of difficulty that comes with making people laugh consistently for an hour-and-a-half or better. I’ll give the ensemble players in this lark “props” for overcoming a rather thin plot about a self-absorbed screw-up (Amy Schumer) who winds up taking a non-refundable (Remember that word.) South American vacation with her slightly anal, overly cautious mother (Goldie Hawn). Katie Dippold’s screenplay unfolds like a cable television flick where real danger and peril are fused with humor when the pair are kidnapped and have to fend for themselves in a Colombian jungle. The occasional violence is jarring in such a fashion as to interfere with the overall comic tone of the work. Hawn (See CLOSING CREDITS.) and Schumer (TRAINWRECK) play well off of each other even though any number of scenes are done to set up a gag without advancing the primary plot. But it’s the supporting players like Ike Barinholtz’s (NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY ROW) agoraphobic son/brother, newcomer Bashir Salahuddin’s put-upon State Department official and the pairing of a mute, unrecognizable Joan Cusack (WORKING GIRL) with Wanda Sykes (MONSTER-IN-LAW) as over the top security operatives that give the film the shot in the arm it needs to overcome the predictable proceedings. There’s a scene that reminds of us of what a good dramatic actress Hawn has always been and why it’s appropriate that this movie was released on Mother’s Day weekend. But even if the rest of the film is a forgettable portion of cinematic junk food, it’s still an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or evening watching a pair of excellent comedic females from different eras ply their trade. And yes, SNATCHED does manage to succeed in putting the fun in non-refundable. Plus, you get some value back in laughs. CRITIC’S GRADE: B

CLOSING CREDITS: Here are some of the best movies starring Goldie Hawn – CACTUS FLOWER (1969)*, $ DOLLARS (1971), BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (1972), THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974), SHAMPOO (1975), PRIVATE BENJAMIN (1980)**, SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (1980), WILDCATS (1986), OVERBOARD (1987), EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU (1996)

*Academy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actress

**Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress