We follow the story of Emily (Schumer), who’s almost exactly the same character as Amy from Trainwreck, right down to personal attributes and everything. Her boyfriend, Michael (Randall Park), has dumped her, realising his music career is heading off in a completely different direction to Emily’s life. The two had plans to go on an exotic holiday to South America, exploring the country’s culture and nightlife, and as the tickets are non-refundable, Emily’s stuck with two tickets and nobody to go with. Enter Emily’s mum, Linda (Hawn). Leaving behind their comfort zones in an attempt to strengthen their slowly fading relationship, they head on overseas together, but it’s here where trouble arrives.
The central plot at hand lacks focus, jumping from gag to gag with seemingly no end. Characters collapse, only to wake up in completely different locations, merely because the writer was unsure of how to actually get them there. The entirety of this movie plays out like a short series of unrelated mini-movies, our central characters constantly finding themselves in dark, confronting scenarios. Action is scarce, but the decision works in the film’s favour, as, when it is on screen, less is more. These aren’t action heroes, they’re regular every day folk who just so happen to accidentally shoot the bad guy’s son in the neck with a spear. Shit happens. It’s funny when it needs to be, but every set piece feels like it exists merely to set up a joke, rarely with any sort of satisfying payoff.
Schumer and Hawn share great on-screen chemistry. As do they with Barinholtz, who starts out as the film’s weakest link but soon evolves into its star player. Schumer and Hawn’s story gets tiresome fast, each joke seen a mile away, but Barinholtz’s wild antics remain largely unpredictable. The best parts are too good to spoil, and while his story arc takes somewhat of a back seat to Schumer and Hawn’s, it’s certainly the more fascinating, entertaining of the two. But that isn’t to say the central story is a bore. It’s not. For the most part, you know where everything’s headed, but there’s certain sincerity to it. The overall message and emotional bond can sometimes across as forced, the two overcoming their difficulties simply because the script demands it so, but it remains bittersweet in all the strangest of ways.
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