Jerry Cutler On Film—Schumer, Hawn Hilarious In ‘Snatched,’ Tale Of Brilliant Author In ‘Stefan Zweig’ | BH Courier

Jerry Cutler On Film—Schumer, Hawn Hilarious In ‘Snatched,’ Tale Of Brilliant Author In ‘Stefan Zweig’

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 1:54 PM

Snatched is the funny film starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. I watched as the two of them–mother and daughter–went on a trip to Ecuador so Amy would try to forget she lost her job and rock ‘n’ roller boyfriend.

The laughs were many because Schumer and Hawn had been kidnapped for ransom by some unsavory characters. They escape and run into the jungle and the laughs kept on coming.

Schumer is one funny lady, but when she crosses the line of taste, she comes across a bit gross. No one seemed to care. Sad.

The screenplay is a compilation of funny episodic scenes. The direction by Jonathan Levine keeps abreast of the shenanigans making sure there isn’t a dull moment. And, there isn’t.

Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni and especially, Joan Cusack as a former POW who had cut off her tongue to escape being interrogated, are uniformly outrageous as they lend great support to the film’s insanity.

Hawn doesn’t have much to work with in the comedy department, but what she lends is her uncanny sense of tempering the absurd.

If you’re a serious filmgoer looking for a feasible plot …this is not the picture for you. But, if it’s fun and laughter you seek without setting boundaries, buy a ticket, join the crowd, sit back and enjoy.

2 funny bagels with a hefty schmear out of 4

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Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe is a stunning biography of Austrian writer, Stefan Zweig. Outstandingly portrayed by Josef Hader, he is an accomplished and highly successful author who was popular in the 1920s and ’30s. The film is a delicate look into his life which was filled with a variance of emotions, brought out wonderfully by director and co-writer Maria Schrader.

Schrader depicts the psychological struggles of Zweig whose view of the world has changed radically since the rise of Hitler. He mourns the fact that he can no longer go back to his homeland because of the consummate hatred and compulsive drive to overrun the world by a maniacal dictator.

His life in exile is extremely painful as he is constantly recalling to good days before Hitler’s diatribe. In exile in Brazil before going on to New York, he is honored by a small town by the well-meaning mayor who is a major fan of Zweig’s writings. The scene is a departure from the movie’s serious tone as it depicts the mayor who is far from ready to welcome Zweig whose car is only a few kilometers away. It beautifully and comically captures the fame of Zweig in midst of the world’s total mayhem.  

Zweig tries to leave the horrors of the war behind, but is always consumed by its reality. He finds only an outward peace back in Brazil. He meets up with other writers who have sought refuge in the same Brazilian city. Life is better for Zweig and his wife, but the constant torment of the pain that still resides within him can never leave.

It is a film worth seeing for its historical as well as theatrical presentation.

3-1/2 bagels out of 4