In Ecuador, the Instagram-addicted Emily gets chatted up by James (Tom Bateman), a handsome adventurer who offers to show her and Linda the hidden beauties of the Amazon region. Too late, Emily realizes it's a set-up, and mother and daughter are taken hostage by Colombian crime bosses. They manage to escape, but have to traverse the jungle without killing each other — while, back home, Emily's agoraphobic brother, Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz), tries to spur an unhelpful State Department official (Bashir Salahuddin) to take action.
Screenwriter Katie Dippold ("The Heat") peppers Emily and Linda's journey with oddball characters, including Wanda Sykes as a danger-averse tourist, Joan Cusack as her mute ex-Special Ops "platonic friend," and Christopher Meloni as an Indiana Jones-like hero the Middleton women meet in a village cantina.
Some of Dippold's gags don't work, but the ones that do generate enough laughter to cover. Director Jonathan Levine ("The Night Before," "50/50") zips breezily from one set-up to the next, never dwelling too long on anything that would break the string of laughs.
If it weren't for Schumer and Hawn, though, "Snatched" wouldn't be worth the effort. The two comic performers inspire each other to take risks, to go for bigger laughs at the expense of dignity. And they seem to be having fun together, a vibe that permeates the movie and patches up any rough spots.