‘Snatched’: Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz on Their Favorite Mom Stories

     May 13, 2017

In theaters this weekend is Snatched, the R-rated mother/daughter buddy comedy from 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Johnathan Levine. The film stars Amy Schumer as Emily Middleton, a woman who finds herself bottoming out in life when she’s fired from her menial job and dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of an exotic vacation. With two non-refundable tickets in hand, Emily invites her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn), a reclusive woman living with her cats and agoraphobic son (Ike Barinholtz). While their opposing personalities cause plenty of conflict, the Middleton women have to find a way to work together when they’re kidnapped in the midst of paradise and have to find their way home. As you might expect, they meet quite a few far-out characters along the way, including Christopher Meloni as a blow-hard adventurer who’s not quite what he seems and Wanda Sykes as a vigilant, skeptical woman traveling with her ex-special ops wife (Joan Cusack).

With Snatched landing in theaters just in time for Mother’s Day, the folks at 20th Century Fox embraced the mom-com spirit and invited my lovely mother and best friend Laura Foutch (a self-professed diehard Goldie Hawn fan) to join me at the junket for interviews. While there, we chatted with Meloni, Sykes and Barinholtz about the best pop culture mother-daughter duos, their favorite funny stories with their own moms, and sharing the screen with a comedy icon.


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From screenwriter Katie Dippold and producer Paul Feig, the duo behind The Heat and Ghostbusters, Snatched is now in theaters. Watch our full interview above.

Here’s the official synopsis for Snatched:

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.

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