When Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend Michael (Randall Park)she has no choice but to take her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) on a non-refundable vacation to Ecuador. Linda is settled, divorced and living with her two cats Philip and Arthur along with her very immature and much too old to be living at home son Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz). Since Emily can’t get anyone else to go with her on the trip she extends the invitation to her mother. What better than a mother daughter get away to catch up on old times and hopefully bond? Right? Wrong!
When they arrive at the resort and hit the poolside bar and lounge chairs it’s not long before they meet Ruth (Wanda Sykes) the pessimist and her partner ex- special ops Barb (Joan Cusack) who warned them about venturing outside the walls of the resort. When mom decides to spend time in the room catching up on a good book daughter Emily decides to go on a wild adventure with the guy she met at the bar, James (Tom Bateman). First nights a charm but the next day not so much! Both Linda and Emily find themselves right in the middle of criminals led by Morgado (Oscar Jaenada) a ruthless killer that holds both women for ransom. When the bad guys call Jeffrey he has no choice but to contact Morgan Russell (Bashir Salahuddin) at the State Department for help but that turned out like making a 911 call and being put on hold.
Luckily the women escape but find themselves in the middle of the Amazon where they encounter a vast majority of characters and life threatening situations as they run from the Morgado gang in hopes of reaching the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. Not even Ruth and Barb are able to help the Middleton women in the end but sometimes help comes from the least expected source that truly never gives up.
I have to say I enjoyed the film but I definitely would have made a few changes. I would have rather of seen Hawn’s character to be a bit more like that of Schumer’s character. I can see where they were trying to make this whole story about a bonding experience and trust me the film really has its good moments but both of these women have the capability to be hysterical and I thought it kind of missed that mark. I actually found the last half hour to be much funnier than the whole film. The writing is well done with many hidden sexual innuendoes throughout but I’d have to say the direction missed the mark slightly. Overall it’s a fun adventure that should do ok at the box office because of the leading ladies but next time they really need to get a bit crazier and a little less straight.
I heard they did not want Hawn for the film but Schumer demanded her for the part as her mother. They could have thrown in the whole “listen Linda” YouTube hit idea and that would have been a great one liner but it didn’t happen! Hawn has definitely aged as we all do but I’m still a fan and she really kept up well with the ever so funny Schumer. I just think like I said the director took her character in the wrong direction. Park has a small role but you almost can’t even tell that is him. Barinholtz is a good side character but I think they missed the opportunity a bit with not having more of Sykes and Cusack in the story. That may be the script to blame! Good choice though on Bateman he knows how to play the good and the bad quite well. Albeit I enjoyed the film but I think I expected a bit more insanity that would have me laughing throughout the story but the mixture of comedy and drama did not work for me necessarily. As for the animal lovers you can expect some domestic to wild sightings throughout the women’s journey but one of the best moments takes place in the doctor’s office, watch for it.