SNATCHED – Review by Martha K. Baker

‘Snatched’ fits the pattern for gross-out movies. Eight joke ops. Count ‘em: eight. Some produce outright laughter; others just acknowledge that a joke landed. But that’s it for laughlines in Amy Schumer’s latest film, “Snatched.” Add to that some pretty smarmy stereotyping, and even the feminist device of a mother/daughter plot barely balances the grossness. Continue reading…

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SNATCHED — Review by Susan Granger

Goofy comedienne Goldie Hawn (“Overboard,” “Bird on a Wire”) hasn’t made a film in 15 years, so I was really looking forward to her return to the silver screen, particularly teaming up with fearlessly funny Amy Schumer. Reviving her obnoxiously neurotic “Teamwork” persona, Schumer plays Emily Middleton, a potty-mouthed loser whose rock-star boyfriend (Randall Park) dumps her just after she’s splurged on a ‘nonrefundable’ vacation-for-two at a resort in exotic Ecuador. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: It’s Still a White Man’s Celluloid World – Brandy McDonnell comments

samantha beeThe dearth of female protagonists doesn’t represent the box-office success of women-led films. Still, “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” found that stats on female characters of color haven’t changed much, showing a slight increase in black female characters since last year, but no boost in Latina characters, and even fewer Asian females on screen. Samantha Bee, The Daily Show correspondent now launching her own late-night show, Full Frontal, offered a so-simple-it-just-might-work solution to Hollywood’s diversity problem: “Hire women and people of color.” Read how the studios stack up and other items of interest on THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Is TRAINWRECK a Feminist Success or Feminist Failure? Plus Updates on Reese Witherspoon, Ricki Lake and Cobie Smulders – Brandy McDonnell Comments

amy schumer 1Trainwreck writer and star Amy Schumer is being lauded not only as Hollywood’s new “it” girl but also as its new feminist icon.
Schumer herself would be the first to point out that her shoulders are sturdier than those of the average Hollywood waif, that’s a heavy load of expectation to put on a seasoned star of stand-up and the small screen making her first foray into film. Trainwreck deserves a good look at its feminist successes and failures, and where they leave Amy in the fray. Plus Reese Witherspoon to receive American Cinemateque Award, Ricki Lake docs advocate for women’s health and Cobie Smulders enjoys her Unexpected ride ti Indie glory. Read on…

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TRAINWRECK, STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, LILA & EVE and other July 17 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

trainwreck posterDespite Amy Schumer’s considerable contributions, Trainwreck rides like a turn-around-is-fair-play sequel to Judd Apatow’s male-centric comedies. A woman is the voice of reason in the searing, must-see Sanford Prison Experiment. Lila & Eve puts co-stars Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez on a dangerous vigilante road to revenge for the murder of their sons. Caffeinated documents the wonders of coffee and its harvesters, most of whom are women. Plus reviews of Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, and Ardor, in which Gael Garcia Bernal saves Alice Braga from land poachers. Read the reviews…

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TRAINWRECK – Review by Susan Granger

Confession: I had never seen Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, so her earthy brand of brash humor was, at first, a bit unnerving. Her culturally relevant, confessional comedy has no limits: nothing is too intimate or inappropriate for her to say – or write – in this raunchy, role-reversal rom-com. Her story begins with a flashback, as their philandering father (Colin Quinn) informs young Amy Townsend and her little sister why he and their mother are divorcing, having them repeat: “Monogamy isn’t realistic.” Read on…

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