Review by Tracee Bond
When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
The genius of director Jonathan Levine, to have this film open right at the cusp of Mother’s Day, speaks well for the elements of this hilarious tear-jerker that tugs at the heart strings of every woman who is someone’s overbearing mother or impenetrable daughter. On the other hand, the pairing of Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer seems like a total misfit that humorously works in spite of itself. Veteran actress Goldie Hawn (Linda Middleton), who hasn’t been in a film in fifteen years, is paired with well-known comedienne Amy Schumer (Emily Middleton) as a highly-dysfunctional mother-daughter duo who are forced to deal with their lifelong issues after Emily is dumped by her boyfriend right before a non-refundable trip to Ecuador is about to take place and the two become unwilling partners on a trip doomed from the start.
As the two women embark on an international vacation together, each is determined to have their own agendas followed while ignoring the fact that there is an underlying need to form a bond in order to ensure the success of the trip and their lives overall. When they are snatched by the Ecuador natives, the ignorance of the gravity of their predicament is reflected in their biased comments about the area they are vacationing in and the inhabitants who snatched them. While hoping to gain a ransom, the natives who snatch them are equally ignorant of the difficulty in harnessing two women who are totally at odds with each other, and the maladjusted son and brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) who has the only power to save them is already a prisoner in his own mind. When the mother-daughter duo meets up with another mismatched team of two women, Wanda Sykes (Ruth) and Joan Cusack (Barb), they truly get more than what they bargained for, yet in the end, it all works out for everyone.
While the humor and raunchiness carry this movie to its full potential, there are some details that seem totally unnecessary or over the top. The foundation though, which is building relationships, seems to outweigh the many imperfections that would otherwise leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. Overall, it is an entertaining movie, that is capable of keeping the audience in stitches, and is well worth spending a few hours with mothers and daughters whose love-hate relationships are the foundations of their survival.
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