Just in time for Mother's Day, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's new mom-daughter comedy, Snatched, is out today. The over-the-top, spittake, shovel-whack and semen joke-filled film is irreverent and, above all, hilarious. It's just what we need these days as the world seems to be on the verge of collapse: a day at the movies with mom, laughing our asses off.
Beneath all the jokes, there's a core message of kinship and love between mothers and their children, and as we prepare to celebrate the women who birthed us, OUT sat down with Schumer and Hawn to talk about how their real respective moms and kids reacted to the film, how they didn't care about making a movie that pleases men, and how it was popping a boob out onscreen.
OUT: Congratulations, the movie was hilarious.
Goldie Hawn: Thank you. You actually never know where the laughs are. Sometimes you're surprised that people laugh at things that we didn't think were that funny, or things that we thought were hilarious that no one's laughing at.
Amy Schumer: That's when you explain to the audience. "No, this is why that's funny!"
How did you two meet in real life?
Amy: I read the script and just pictured the two of us the whole time. And I saw her on a plane, in the airport, and I went up after the flight and said, "I love you, like everyone does. And there's this movie, and I really want you to play my mom." Just to plant the seed. I wasn't like, "Can I get your email?" Then we really met in London, and got in cahoots together to make this movie.
How much did you both have to do with the script? Did you improvise a lot?
Amy: We both got the script to a place where we really felt ready to go in. But then we were free, because we really knew who we were, and what our characters wanted. And then we could play a little bit.
Was there a scene that wasn't really in the script, that you guys just went with? The boob scene?
Amy: Katie Dippold wrote the script, and then my sister and I came in and rewrote. That boob scene is one of my additions. Nobody asked me to do that. It made me feel kind of empowered.
Goldie, did you pull upon your experience raising four kids for the role?
Goldie: Certainly there's thing mothers do automatically. You've got eyes in the back of your head. And you don't want your kids to fall in potholes. But as they get older, they have to learn to fall in their own potholes. And you have to learn to let go. But this character did not know that. What happens is when you have an empty nest situation, and you lose your daughter, you feel weak, and you're aging. And it says a lot of things about you losing your youth, and your vitality. Because you have to pass the baton to your daughter. And that's a sometimes unconscious reason for: "Why do I feel unhappy? Why do I not feel sexual? Why do I cry for no reason?" These are the kind of things that women need to know.
So in this movie, this mother is someone who felt those things, and misses her daughter. So that's where I got the creation of this character. Mother daughter relationships have huge implications of who you are and how you lost your power. And you regain that power by becoming a friend. And someone you can talk to, and share with. So I think it's our job to allow our children to breathe, and then they come back.
That really becomes apparent in the scene by the Amazon river, where the two of you confront each other.
Amy: I will say that I wrote that scene, and we really collaborated to make it together. Because to us the whole movie leads up to that moment. In that scene... I've had such a journey with my mom, as everyone has. I have a joke with my mom, where's it's almost like you work at a factory, and there's a sign that says, "24 days without incident." But then you always want your mom, and you crave your mom, and that's the person you want to be there for you.
Goldie: When my mother died, I knew I had lost the only person in my life who would love me unconditionally, no matter what. And that was a big loss. It's a big moment of loneliness.
Have your real mothers and daughters, respectively, seen the movie?
Goldie: Yeah, my children got emotional.
Amy: I brought my mom, and we held hands at the parts that were taken exactly from us. She laughs louder than anybody. And then at the end of the movie, we were both bawling. And it was a screening, with editors, where it was really inappropriate. And it caught me by surprise. It was important to me to have this love letter to her, like, "I get it. You did the best you could."
How do you think the bros of the world will respond to this film?
Amy: We weren't going out of our way to be super inclusive of the bros. We wanted to tell this story for the people who would connect to it.
Goldie: I think men will have a tendency to individuate from the story because they don't want to deal with their relationships.
Amy, do you feel like you're similar to your character in the movie?
Amy: She's someone I want to be more like, in a weird way, because she's very optimistic. And really believes things are going to work out. And I'm more like, "Everything that can go wrong will." Something about her I connect to is the body thing--she's not worried about stuff she eats. And I eat healthy, but you make a choice. You make a choice: Am I going to be hungry? Do I want to be this person who's always striving for a different version of myself? Or am I going to be someone who likes the vessel I'm in, and can look in the mirror and say, "Good job, bitch." I'm happy to get to be who I am.